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Black History Speaker events in February
February 3, 2014
A-B Tech Community College will have two free presentations in honor of Black History Month that are open to the public. Both events are sponsored by the College’s History Department with support from the Diversity Committee.
“The Sounds of Civil Rights: Black Popular Music during the Long Freedom Struggle, from 1919 to 1990,” presented by David Gilbert, will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 in Rhododendron 344 on the Asheville campus. Gilbert is Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Multicultural Scholar and has a Ph.D. in Black History from the University of Wisconsin. His field of expertise is African-American music before the Harlem Renaissance.
“Segregating the Police: Hiring Black Police Officers in Memphis” will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 in Rhododendron 344. Maggy Williams, A-B Tech adjunct instructor and Ph.D. candidate at UNC-Greensboro in American History, will lead the presentation, which will focus on the integration of the police department in Memphis in the 1940s.