Black History Month Honored


WPCCHostsPresentationBHMHarriet HarshawDula021214Morganton, NC – As part of Western Piedmont Community College’s (WPCC) Black History Month celebration, WPCC Dean Leslie Dula McKesson will give a presentation entitled “Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” The free presentation is open to the public and will be held in Leviton Auditorium at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19.

Dean McKesson recently published Black and White: The Story of Harriet Harshaw and “Squire” James Alfred Dula,” which won the 2013 Robert Bruce Cooke Family History Book Award presented by the North Carolina Society of Historians. The book tells the story of the relationship between Dean McKesson’s black ancestor, Harriet Harshaw, a slave (shown right), and her white ancestor, Alfred Dula. Their 40-year relationship resulted in the birth of eight children and the establishment of a community that remains vital nearly 165 years later.

Within the context of her family story, Dean McKesson will address the role and relevance of personal histories and how examining our own stories have the power to impact who we become, how we build our lives, and how we impact the world.

A reception will follow Dean McKesson’s presentation and copies of her book will be available for purchase.

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Western Piedmont Community College is situated in the picturesque rolling foothills of Morganton, North Carolina, and has served the citizens of Burke County since 1964.  Each year, more than 10,700 students pursue personal enrichment, new skills for a job or career, high school diplomas, college degrees, and transfer pathways. Apply online or visit the Western Piedmont campus to apply in person.