Northeast Alabama Community College has planned several activities in celebration of Black History Month. Students, faculty, and staff, as well as the public, are encouraged to attend and participate in the events.
On Wednesday, February 8, Joyce Cauthen will be on campus for a presentation at 10:00 a.m. in the Music Auditorium in Building GY. In her presentation, Cauthen will discuss the early fiddles of Alabama, the musicians who played them and the popularity of this music in their communities. Discussions will also surround the pivotal role played by African Americans in developing the music at the roots of today’s bluegrass and country music. Cauthen will demonstrate use of the banjo, “straws” (a technique in which broom straws or knitting needles were beat on the strings as the fiddler played) and guitar in backing up the fiddle. Her talk will be made especially interesting by the presence of fiddler Jim Cauthen, who will demonstrate fiddle tunes that have been specifically mentioned in historical writings, slave narratives and early newspapers of Alabama. The audience will hear musical styles and tunes that are seldom heard today—and will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their perceptions of the differences in this music and the modern country music that are based upon it.
Beginning Thursday, February 1st and ending Tuesday, February 28th, a collection of historical photographs on loan from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute will be on display in the Archives and Special Collections Room of the Cecil B. Word Learning Resources Center (Library). To view the hours of operation of the Archives and Special Collections Room, please visit http://www.nacc.edu/lrc/library_archives.htm or call Blake Wilhelm, LRC Archivist, at 256-228-6001 ext. 2288.
Beginning Thursday, February 1st and ending Tuesday, February 28th, the student organizations will display tri-folds in the lobby of the Health and Fine Arts Building. Each organization has chosen an African American who has made a difference in U. S. history and created a display that illustrates his/her contribution.
Beginning Thursday, February 1st and ending Tuesday, February 28th, the Art department and the library have partnered to display a map of the significant civil rights events across the state of Alabama. The map will be on display in the student center.
For more information about these events, contact Sherie Grace, Dean of Student Services, at 256-638-4418 or 256-228-6001, ext. 2325 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Chasley Bellomy, Event Planner at NACC, at ext. 2248, or by email at email@example.com.
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