WILLIAMSON – On Wednesday, Feb. 3 the Williamson Branch NAACP and Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton signed a Proclamation declaring February 2016 to be recognized as Black History Month.
The Proclamation was signed by Carlton, Frank Jones Vice President of the Williamson NAACP and Rita Roberson SWVCTC Williamson Campus Director of Campus Operations.
The Proclamation states, “We, the members of the NAACP of the city of Williamson and surrounding communities of Mingo County W.Va. have set aside a time to proclaim and to reflect upon our heritage that has helped to make America the culturally rich nation that she is prosperous.”
“The Williamson Branch NAACP and Youth Council applaud The Association for the Study of African American Life and History for selecting the theme for 2016 Black History Month, “Hallowed Grounds- Sites of African American Memories,” inviting all Americans and the global community to join in exploring and disseminating the impact that Blacks have had in making the U.S. and world history.”
The Proclamation continues stating, “We, in conjunction with Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College (SWVCTC) have adopted the theme: ‘Harmony 365;’ acknowledging that our youth are our most valuable resource and will have the responsibility of carrying the torch of justice and freedom for all Americans, All People…”
In remembrance of Black History Month, events are scheduled at the Williamson Public Library every Monday at 5 p.m. throughout February. The programs are presented in collaboration with the library and SWVCTC. All programs will be video recorded by SWVCTC for future viewing by the public via Channel 17. Consult the SWVCTC website for scheduling.
The first library event was held Monday, Feb. 1. The topic at this event was Arts and History and Rev. Gerald Dotson presided over the event as well as provided an introduction and program overview.
The next library event will be held Monday Feb. 8. The topic at this event will focus on Education and Engineering and Elder Ricky Wilkerson will preside over the event.
On Feb. 15, Elder Thomas Moore will preside at the library event. The topic will focus on Religion and Social. A tribute will be held to Maya Angelou.
The next library event will be held on Monday, Feb. 22. The topic will focus on Medicine and Economic Issues and Rev. David Bell will preside.
The final library event will take place Monday, Feb. 29. The topic will be ‘Hallowed Grounds’ and will feature a video presentation showcasing sites of African American Memories.
The public is invited to attend all events. For more information, contact Rev. Frank Jones, Vice President of the Williamson Branch, Willene H. Moore, NAACP Program Chairman or Ron Lemon, Vice President for Development SWVCTC.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)