ASHLAND -- Ashland Community and Technical College will commemorate February as Black History Month with a variety of activities that illustrate the influence of African-Americans on our society and culture.
Videos on influential African-Americans will kick off Black History Month at ACTC.
The videos will be shown in the College Drive Campus Teleconference Room from noon until 1 p.m. Feb. 2; the Roberts Drive Campus Cafeteria from 11 a.m. until noon Feb. 3; and the Technology Drive Campus Lounge Area from 11 a.m. until noon Feb. 4.
Affrilachian Poet Frank X. Walker will speak at noon Feb. 18 in the ACTC College Drive Campus Teleconference Room.
Walker is a founder of the Affrilachian Poets. He will discuss the origins of the word "Affrilachia" and assess the group's impact on regional literature. He will read some of his own poetry and works by such influential Affrilachian poets as Nikky Finney, Crystal Wilkinsen, Kelly Norman Ellis and Bernard Clay.
Dancing for Your Soul: a Hip-Hop Dance Revue, will be held at 2 p.m. Feb. 28 in the J. B. Sowards Theatre at the College Drive Campus. The program will feature hip-hop dance routines by performers from area dance studios and performing companies.
The free program and reception are sponsored by the ACTC Multicultural Student Organization.
Three community black history programs are offered with the theme, "The Rhythm of Life: Celebrate Our Musical Roots."
Organization sponsors are the Arts Council of Northeast Kentucky, Boyd & Greenup County Branch of the NAACP, City of Ashland Human Rights Commission, Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, Kentucky Historical Society, Paramount Arts Center and radio stations 100.5 WKEE, 103.3 WTCR and B97.1.
Medical community sponsors are Drs. William Boykin, James H. Martin Jr. and Charles M. Rhodes, as well as, Tri-State Digestive Disease Associates Drs. Michael D. Canty and Cheryl L. Bascom and Tri-State Radiology.
A Night at the Apollo will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Paramount Arts Center.
A Night at the Apollo gives amateur Tri-State performers a chance to share their talents in music, song, dance, poetry, comedy and drama.
Audience admission is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12.
A Night at the Apollo is both a performance venue and a talent contest. Amateur solo and group performers may enter the contest. Prizes are $200, $100 and $50 for adults and $75, $50 and $25 for youths up to age 12. The entry fee is $5 per act, and registration is through the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center. The registration deadline is Feb. 2.
Gospel Night will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.
Previous Gospel Night performers have included the Antioch Male Chorus from Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Huntington, Ashland Community Chorus, Christ Temple Choir from Ashland, Spiritual Expressions from Full Gospel Assembly in Huntington and the Men's Chorus of First Baptist Church of Burlington, Ohio.
The free program and reception will be hosted by the Boyd County High School Celebration Club sponsored by Rhonda Salisbury.
Attendees may also view an exhibit of paintings by Ashland native Jerry Johnson.
The Marshall University African Drumming & Dance Ensemble will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 26 at the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center.
The Ensemble, specializing in traditional music of West Africa, was created in 1998 by J. Steven Hall, Marshall University Professor of Music.
The free program and reception will be hosted by the Paul G. Blazer High School Human Relations Club sponsored by Lynn Revely.
General Educational Development testing for 2009 will be held Thursdays at ACTC's College Drive Campus.
The math and essay sections and the social science, science, reading sections are given on alternate Thursdays, so two sections are required to complete the entire test battery.
Testing begins promptly at 8 a.m. in room 431 of the Main Building.
First-time test-takers will need to bring an application, photo identification and $40 in cash or money order for the complete test.
Re-tests are $10 per test, and those taking a re-test will need a photo identification and copy of their previous test scores.
An appointment is required for both testing and re-testing. For an appointment or more information, contact Cara Huff, GED chief examiner, at 606-326-2193 or 800-928-4256 ext. 62193 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACTC is offering two February sessions of its successful Read Right for Kids class for third to 12th grade students.
Session I will be held Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 2 to March 9, and Session II will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, Feb. 3 to March 5. Both sessions meet from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the College Drive Campus.
Read Right helps students "rewire" their neural networks to focus on the meaning of text rather than individual words. The class helps students develop better reading skills by learning to sample information and anticipate the author's message.
The Read Right for Kids class fee, including assessment, is $125. Enrollment is limited on a first-come basis. To enroll your child, contact ACTC Lifelong Learning at 606-326-2072 or 800-928-4256 ext. 62072 or by e-mail at as_LLL@kctcs.edu.
All programs are open to the public.
For more information on programs held at the college, contact Director of Cultural Diversity Al Baker at 606-326-2422. For programs at the Paramount Arts Center and Highlands Museum & Discovery Center, contact Museum Director Debbie Miller at 606-329-8888.
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