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Jan. 28, 2019
HCC Announces Next Presidential Lecture Series Speaker
WELDON, N.C. – Halifax Community College (HCC) is proud to announce that Congressman G.K. Butterfield will be on campus on February 20 as the next speaker in the Presidential Lecture Series. The event will begin at 10 a.m.

Congressman Butterfield will be hosted by the Presidentís office. He will be discussing the history of African Americans and their fight for equality in the Roanoke Valley, as well as highlighting some of the monumental efforts that have changed our region for the better.

"It is an honor to have our US Congressman visit with us and share information about the history of our region, and those who have fought to ensure equality for everyone," said Dr. Michael A. Elam, president of HCC.

Congressman G. K. Butterfield is a life-long resident of eastern North Carolina. Raised in Wilson, Congressman Butterfield spent his formative years attending Charles H. Darden High School and worked tirelessly in the Civil Rights Movement as a young adult. His parents were Dr. & Mrs. G. K. Butterfield, Sr. His father practiced dentistry for 50 years and served as one of North Carolina's first black elected officials since Reconstruction. His mother was a classroom teacher for 48 years.

Congressman Butterfield graduated from college and law school at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. After earning his law degree, Congressman Butterfield founded a law practice in Wilson and served the community in that capacity for 13 years. He is best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American elected officials throughout eastern North Carolina.

In 1988, Congressman Butterfield was elected as Resident Superior Court judge. In this role, he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina. For two years, he served on the North Carolina Supreme Court by appointment of the governor. Butterfield retired from the judiciary after 15 years of service and successfully ran for Congress. He was elected to serve the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in a special election on July 20, 2004, where he continues to serve today.

In Congress, Butterfield is a champion of affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans.

Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is the immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He sits on the influential Committee on Energy & Commerce as the 4th most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee. In addition, he serves as a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy.

Congressman Butterfield is a life-long member of Jackson Chapel First Missionary Baptist Church. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army and a proud father and grandfather.
Halifax Community College's Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
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