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Feb. 10, 2014
HCC Stamp Dedication Ceremony opens Black History Month Activities
WELDON, N.C. – HCC kicked its annual Black History Month Celebration off with the 7th annual Stamp Dedication Ceremony honoring Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, Ray Charles, Althea Gibson, and the 1963 March on Washington. President Griffin greeted a crowd of about 300 students, faculty, staff and community supporters who were there to celebrate the accomplishments of these noted historical people in American History.

Weldon Postmaster Andrea Green provided the keynote address concerning the honorees. She noted that Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm was the first African-American woman elected to congress and the first African American to be nominated for president by a major national party.

She also noted that Ray Charles was an extraordinary composer, singer and pianist. "We all remember his hits—Georgia On My Mind, I Can’t Stop Loving You and Hit the Road Jack," said Green.

As for Althea Gibson, Green said, "She was a groundbreaking tennis player who became the first black woman to win at Wimbledon. She also blazed the trail for the current African-American women tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams."

Green finally noted that "the 1963 March on Washington was for jobs and freedom. However, it is mostly remembered for the famous speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr – I Have a Dream. This stamp also honored the many unsung marchers that participated in this important historical event."

After the unveiling of the four stamps lead by Carl A. Walton, communications coordinator (Greensboro District) with the U.S. Postal Service, Pleasant Singleton sang a very inspiring rendition of Ray Charles’ hit "Georgia On My Mind." The HCC Players provided a portrayal of the "Battle of Birmingham" honoring the four young girls who were killed while attending Sunday school in Birmingham, Alabama. Lastly, the HCC Players also provided a moving portrayal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. speech, I Have a Dream to honor the 1963 March on Washington.

The Black History Month Celebration will continue on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 11 a.m. in The Centre at HCC. The Pinpoints Theater Group from Washington, D. C. will present "1001 Black Inventions." This dramatization will point out what America would be like without the inventions of many known and unknown African-American inventors. The public is invited to attend this event free of charge. The schedule of all Black history month events and the Lyceum Series can be found at www.halifaxcc.edu/lyceum.
Pictured for the HCC-U.S. Postal Service Stamp Dedication are, from left, Pastor of First Baptist Church in Weldon Rev. Quientrell L. Burrell, HCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Michael Felt, Weldon Postmaster Andrea Green, Weldon Chief of Police Mark Macon, U. S. Postal Service Communications Coordinator (Greensboro District) Carl A. Walton and HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr.
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Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, mtemple295@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Dr. Dianne Rhoades, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., dbarnes-rhoades128@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239