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HCC to celebrate Black History Month with February events

Halifax Community College will celebrate Black History Month this year with various events. The public is invited and encouraged to participate. Unless otherwise noted, guests attend at no charge and events will be held in The Centre.

Kicking off the activities will be a stamp dedication at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 1. This year’s stamp honors film director, screenwriter, producer and distributor Oscar Micheaux, who illuminated the African-American experience through more than 40 feature films. Micheaux is the 33rd person honored in the popular Black Heritage commemorative stamp series through the U.S. Postal Service.

At 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 3, The Healing Force will bring “The Rhythm of the Drum” to life in a spirited performance. The program intertwines music and stories with tales that speak about many life messages. These stories will teach, enlighten and encourage audiences.

At 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 8, the HCC Lyceum will feature speaker Flora Hatley Wadelington who will discuss “Education in North Carolina” with special emphasis given to Northampton and Halifax counties. Afterwards, a book signing and reception will be held where guests can meet the speaker.


At 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 10, Exposure Musical Revues will perform the “Sounds of the Motor City” bringing the sounds of Motown to the campus with selections from Jackie Wilson, Otis Redding, James Brown and many others. HCC students will be admitted free with valid ID. That evening at 6:30 p.m., the group will perform “Historic Soul” celebrating African-American contributions to American culture including selections from Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Admission for the evening performance is $10 per ticket for the community; free to HCC students with valid ID.


“Saluting Our Local African American Heroes” will be held at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 17. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, Feb. 4. Visit www.halifaxcc.edu for details and to submit a nomination.


International Day & Food Tasting will start at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 22, in The Centre. Foods from around the world and various cultures will be featured. International attire will also be worn. A Cultural Awareness program will kick off the event, featuring HCC faculty and staff sharing information about their respective cultures. Admission is $2 per plate for the food tasting.


For more information on Black History Month events, call (252) 536-7234, (252) 536-7239, (252) 538-4319 or visit www.halifaxcc.edu.