Black History Month Events At Gadsden State

Gadsden State Community College will recognize February as Black History Month with special events throughout the month. Two special programs will be sponsored by the school’s Valley Street Campus and Title 3 Program and will feature two Gadsden natives who are making a huge impact on their communities. The first event is set for Thursday, February 6th at Noon in the Valley Street Campus Learning Resource Center. The speaker for the celebration will be Gadsden native – and current Birmingham City Councilman Steven Hoyt. Councilman Hoyt was elected to the Birmingham City Council in 2005 as the representative for District 8. Hoyt was educated in the Gadsden City School system and is a 1985 graduate of Miles College. I addition to serving on several important boards and authorities through his city, Hoyt also serves as the Pastor of the West Princeton C.M.E. Church in Birmingham. The second big celebration will be held on Thursday, February 20th at 10:30am and will feature Gadsden City Councilman Robert Avery. Councilman Avery is very well-known for his involvement in the Gadsden community and for his civil rights activism which began when he was a teenage growing up in Gadsden. Avery will talk about his experience of hitchhiking to Washington, DC to attend the 1963 March on Washington when he was just 15-years old. Councilman Avery’s presentation will be held in the Gadsden Job Corps gymnasium. Both events are open to the public.


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