Jan. 29, 2009
LANCASTER – Lancaster Mayor Richard Gray makes a visit to the Lancaster Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, in the first of two events celebrating Black History Month during February. Gray will be joined by Millersville University German professor Leroy Hopkins, Ph.D., for the second half of the hour-long program.
Gray will discuss the city’s past and future noon-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, in room 203 of the East Building on the campus at 1641 Old Philadelphia Pike. From 12:30-1 p.m. Hopkins will present the history of African Americans in Lancaster.
The Lancaster Campus will host the J.P. McCaskey High School gospel choir from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25 in room 203 of the East Building. The acclaimed musical group has won national competitions, released several CDs and was named the Grand Champions of the Orlando, Fla. Disney Music Festival several years ago.
Under the direction of McCaskey staff members Colette Scott and Fatima Lewis, the students learn a diverse program of music, performing spirituals, African and classical music pieces.
The public is invited to both events at the Lancaster Campus. Light refreshments served.
Black History Month recognizes significant contributions to society made by historical and contemporary African Americans, demonstrating how all peoples contribute to a culture.
The remembrance was originated in 1926 by historian Carter G. Woodson as "Negro History Week.” Woodson chose the second week of February because it marked the birthdays of two Americans who greatly influenced the lives and social condition of African Americans: President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass.
For more information, contact Brenda DiModugno, multicultural affairs coordinator at the Lancaster Campus, 358-2263 or e-mail at bldimodu@hacc.edu.
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