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LBWCC celebrates Black History month

LBW Community College’s Greenville campus was the setting for a Black History Month celebration recently. Pictured are, from left, LBWCC President Dr. Herbert Riedel; poetry contest winners Daniel Lowe, first place; Sarah Sexton, second place; and Yakita Hall, third place; and guest speaker, Curtis Jackson, Calhoun High School guidance counselor.

LBW Community College students played a large role in a program this week celebrating Black History Month at the Greenville campus.

From singing, music, monologues and poetry, students recognized the achievements of African Americans in gaining freedom and equality in America.

Tankiya Coleman of Greenville presented two monologues during the program, and songs were performed by Britney Cauthen of Lapine and Curtis Johnson of Georgiana.  Sisters Jasmine, Jahne and Jalesa Bailey of Greenville performed a musical selection with clarinet, saxophone and trumpet.

LBWCC President Dr. Herbert Riedel recited “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes, and Dr. Jean Thompson, founding director of the Greenville campus and recently retired English instructor, recited “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander.

Curtis Jackson, guidance counselor at Calhoun High School and motivational speaker, presented a moving recreation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “His Own Eulogy,” and brought the crowd to their feet after reciting the famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Three students were recognized for winning entries in the black history poetry contest. Daniel Lowe of Georgiana was awarded first place, Sarah Sexton of Georgiana won second-place, and Yakita Hall of Greenville won third-place.