Black History Month at WPCC

Western Piedmont Community College celebrates
Black History Month with special events during February:

My Story: This is How It Was

Thursday, February 22, 2018 • 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Leviton Auditorium

Dr. Helen Phillips Hall

Dr. Helen Phillips Hall

Dr. Helen Phillips Hall is a retired K-12 educator who served as the first African-American Associate Superintendent of the Caldwell County Schools. In her recently released book, Dr. Hall takes the reader through times, places, and experiences all her own that have added breadth and meaning to who she has become. Significant personal and professional experiences are shared as only she encountered them. Her story holds the special meaning of family life filled with love, laughter, shared values and unity along with strength to embrace joy and to endure tragedies and difficulties together. Her story also honors special times in the lives of each and every family member, building upon family heritage and perpetuating high aspirations and expectations as the norm for each generation. Join us as Dr. Hall shares her inspiring story.

Thinking About Where We Have Been: Voices of African-American History in Burke County

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 • 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Leviton Auditorium

Still frame capture from one of the videos being shown at WPCCJoin us as video footage, recently retrieved from the WPCC archives, is publicly shown for the first time in more than 30 years. Watch and remember as Allen Fullwood shares some of the history of Gaston Chapel A.M.E. Church. Howard Starks relates the story of Tamishan – son of an African Chieftain and patriarch of Burke County’s Fleming family. Hear Olga Propst describe the early arrival and daily activities of the first Africans in Burke County. Visit the Rutherford Plantation Cemetery with Sonia Shade. Re-live a conversation with Mr. Clarence Johnson, one of Burke County’s first African-American law enforcement officers. Hear comments from Emmy Award winning 60 Minutes/CBS News Correspondent, Ed Bradley, a descendant of Rev. Mose Gaston, founder of Gaston Chapel Church. These and other wonderful stories will both entertain you and enhance your knowledge of the rich history of Burke County.

Actor Mike Wiley in Breach of Peace

Actor Mike Wiley in Breach of Peace

Breach of Peace

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 • 12:00 – 1:00 pm
LRC Drama Studio

Mike Wiley, a North Carolina-based actor & playwright whose compelling works of documentary theater yield rich and powerful journeys to milestones and turning points of a cultural history, will be at WPCC to celebrate Black History Month.  He will perform, Breach of Peace, which is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Rides as well as many other individuals involved in the early struggle for African-American equality. This solo-play is a living monument to those remarkable young men and women of various races, religions and backgrounds who rose to face the dangers of fighting for just and equal treatment for all.

Mike Wiley in Action

Mike WIley is a talented actor who presents a variety of roles in one-person plays. Here is a sample of some of his work.

The general public is invited to attend all of these free events.


WPCC complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and will make every effort to honor reasonable requests made by individuals with qualifying disabilities. Accommodations must be requested three business days in advance of school events or activities through the Office of Disability Services in Room 136 Hildebrand Hall. Call (828) 448-3154.

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