Charleston and the Kanawha Valley have an incredibly rich African American history. Nationally known individuals such as Rev. Leon Sullivan, Sam Starks, Booker T. Washington, Benjamin O. Davis, Tony Brown, John Norman Jr. Bishop T. D. Jakes and Della Brown Taylor, have an association with the Valley. These individuals were and are proud of their West Virginia heritage.
The Block Speaker Series is personal perspective of African-American life and a reflection of success due to their community during early childhood to adult. Hubert Jones believes “it will preserve and educate the descendants of some of the most prestigious African Americans of their accomplishments, which seem to have been lost in the recording of history. This will serve to inspire the youth to endeavor pressing forward to attain higher goals.
In an effort to continually present programming that will inform, educate and further cultural understanding, the West Virginia Center for African-American Art & Culture, Inc. will collaborate with other organizations, businesses, and individuals to provide a journey into the past for a limited period of time for tourists, guests, and local citizens.
In an effort to continually present diverse programming that will inform, educate and inspire cultural bonding, the WV Center for African-American Art & Culture, Inc. which is a non-profit organization located in Charleston, WV, is collaborating with The Social Action Committee of Temple Israel in Charleston, The National Center for Human Relations at West Virginia State College, and University of Charleston in a culturally educational initiative.
Through this project the West Virginia Center for African American Art & Culture and Garnet hopes to capture voice and or video recordings of the life, times, and successes of Garnet High School graduates and others in and around the Charleston community. Life within the neighborhoods of Sentz St. to Wilson Hollow or throughout the Triangle.
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