WKCTC Celebrates Black History Month with Art Show and film "The First Grader"

PADUCAH - West Kentucky Community and Technical College is celebrating Black History Month throughout February.

The college's Student Art & Design Club hosted a special art installation recognizing the legacy of notable African-Americans from Paducah. The art installation called, "Defining Paducah: Honoring the Outstanding Legacy of Local African Americans," features portraits of notable African Americans from Paducah's rich history. The portraits are on display on the windows at the 203 Broadway location throughout February. 

WKCTC's Diversity and Inclusion office and Student Government Association have partnered with Maiden Alley Cinema to present the movie, The First Grader on Thursday, Feb. 28. The film is based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan farmer who enrolled in elementary school at the age of 84 following the Kenyan government's announcement of free universal primary education in 2003. The film's epilogue displays a series of graphics stating that at age 84, Maruge is the oldest person to start primary school according to the Guinness Book of World Records. He was also invited to speak before international leaders at the United Nations in New York regarding the power of education. Maruge, who died in 2009, inspired a new generation of people to go to school for the first time. A free reception on February 28, which is free and open to the public, will be held at 5:15 - 5:45 pm. The film begins at 6 pm. Tickets: adults - $7.75; senior citizens (65+) - $5.75; and children and students - $5.25.

For more information about the Black History Month events, contact Chevene Duncan-Herring, WKCTC diversity and inclusion director, at 270-534-3209 or chevene.duncan-herring@kctcs.edu.

Published 09:30 AM, Sunday Feb. 10, 2019
Updated 02:13 PM, Wednesday Feb. 27, 2019

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