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African American History Month

2/8/2013

Faulkner State Announces African American History Program


Bay Minette, Alabama– Annually, Faulkner State hosts an African American History Month program based on the national theme for that year.  The national theme for 2013 is entitled “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.” This year, 2013, marks two historic anniversaries for African American History and the United States.

The date is January 1, 1863.  President Abraham Lincoln issues the Emancipation Proclamation, which reads “that all persons held as slaves…are, and henceforward shall be free.”  As we enter the 150-year anniversary of the issuance of this proclamation, we recall the fight and the determination by individuals who sought freedom and the extermination of slavery.  The date is August 28, 1963.  The March on Washington becomes a date that, five decades later, is still remembered by all. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. announced those famous words “I have a dream…”A quarter million Americans marched to the nation’s capital to continue the fight for civil rights.

This year, Faulkner State’s program is scheduled for February 20, 2013 at 9:45 a.m. in the L.D. Owen Performing Arts Center on the Bay Minette campus.  The guest speaker will be Daphne native Dr. Caroline Yelding, a retired professor from Alabama State University. Jim Sims, History instructor at Faulkner State, will recite poetry pertaining to African American History, and the College’s Elated Voices of Triumph will conclude the program in a musical performance. This event is open to the public has no admission cost.

For more information, call 251-580-2106.

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