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Variety of Events Celebrate Black History Month
February 6, 2014

Walters State Community College plans several special activities in conjunction with black history month in February. All events are free and open to the public.

The Word Players will present “A Woman Called Truth” at all four campuses. The play will be performed at 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Sevier County Campus; Feb. 24 at 11:30 a.m. at the Greeneville-Greene County Campus; 6 p.m. Feb. 24 at the Claiborne County Campus; and 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the International Lyceum at the Morristown Campus.

This one-act play celebrates the life of Sojourner Truth, including her own freedom and her search for equality as a woman. Learn what made this unique individual one of the more endearing figures of American history, and how her life teaches valuable lessons still today.

Two special sessions of the college’s “Learning in the Lyceum” are planned. These are held each Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. in the International Lyceum, located inside the college’s student services building. Each presentation is also video-streamed live to the college’s three other campuses.

•Feb. 19 – Rev. Harold Middlebrook will talk about his experience on the front line of the civil rights movement working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  Middlebrook first met King when both were jailed in Atlanta following sit-in protests at the city’s lunch counters. In 1968, Middlebrook was among a handful of people with King at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis when an assassin’s bullet hit King. Middlebrook was ordained as a minister in 1966 and served as youth minister at Ebenezer Baptist Church, under both King and his father. Middlebrook moved to Knoxville in 1977, where he served as pastor at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was founding pastor of Canaan Baptist Church of Christ. He has been active in education, housing and healthcare throughout his life.

•Feb. 26 – “I had a dream” discussion will feature a look at Dr. King’s “I Had a Dream” speech from many local perspectives, including people that were involved in the coinciding march on Washington. Planned participants include Janie Coleman, Nancy Holder, Bill Kornrich and “Tookie” Dockery.