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Penn College to Celebrate Black History Month in February

Pennsylvania College of Technology will offer a variety of events and activities for the college community and public throughout February to commemorate Black History Month.

All events are being sponsored by the Student Activities Office with the exception of the Feb. 7 program, “The History of the Williamsport Underground Railroad,” which is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Society at Penn College, and the Feb. 24 program, “Gospel Choir Concert,” which is co-sponsored by the Multicultural Society and CAPPA (Community Alliance for Progressive Positive Action).

Feb. 5-28 Black History Month Displays Bush Campus Center and the Madigan LibraryInformative displays on important figures in African-American history and significant historical events will be available for viewing throughout the month.

Feb. 7 “The History of the Williamsport Underground Railroad” 5:30 p.m., SASC Presentation RoomThe presentation, featuring Williamsport native Mamie Sweeting Diggs, offers the true story of the Underground Railroad and the role that Williamsport played to help lead slaves to freedom. Light refreshments will follow.

Feb. 19 “Echoes of the Past and Voices of Hope” 8 p.m., Penn’s Inn, Bush Campus CenterMaxine Maxwell weaves in and out of history to explore the turning points in the lives of five African women of remarkable strength and courage. This dramatic, engaging performance examines life experiences of black females over the past 150 years.

Feb. 24 Gospel Choir Concert and Step and Dance Competition 5 p.m., ACC Auditorium Gospel choirs from around the region will showcase their talents at this concert benefiting CAPPA. Following the choir concert, several local college students will perform in the second annual step and dance competition. Admission is $5 for the public and $2 for students. Part of the proceeds will benefit the CAPPA student scholarship fund.

For more information about Black History Month events at Penn College, call (570) 327-4763, send e-mail or visit online.

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