Celebrating Black History Month | WKCTC

Celebrating Black History Month

During February, Kitchens Café will provide special menus featuring several Black chefs, including Carla Hall, Bryant Terry, Michael Twitty, and Marcus Samuelson. Take your lunch break at Kitchens Café in the Paducah School of Art and Design in Lowertown Paducah and open from
11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Call (270) 534-3907.

Black History Month events include:


WKCTC’s Naming of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Office

College Bistro in Anderson Technical Building • 11:00 a.m.

WKCTC’s Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the Anderson Technical Building will be named after the first African American graduate of Paducah Junior College, Curlee Brown, Jr. Refreshments will be available.

An informational session for minority small business owners and entrepreneurs: “Tools Needed in the Toolbox for Success!”

Emerging Technology Center, Room 109 • 5:00 p.m.

Presenters will include Raymond Daniels, Equity Solutions Group, LLC; Tyrone Tyra, Commerce Lexington; and Daniel Murphy, Sr. Asst. Dean of Community Engagement & Operations/Chief Diversity Officer, University of Kentucky. The program will begin after refreshments are served. Reservation required. Call: (270) 534-3335.

Say Your Piece-Black Women: Mothers, Martyrs and Misunderstood

Youth Poetry Contest and Open Mic Night

National Quilt Museum • 5:30 p.m.

The National Quilt Museum is hosting a Say Your Piece: Black Mothers, Martyrs and Misunderstood (SYP) two-part event consisting of a Youth Poetry Contest and an Open Mic. This culminating event will end the SYP exhibition, which focuses on enlightening the audience on specific issues that have and continue to affect Black women in America. A cash prize will be given to each first-place winner. Contact Stacey Watson at swatson@quiltmuseum.org for more information, and check for updates at quiltmuseum.org.

Musician Leyla McCalla
Clemens Fine Arts Center • 7:30 p.m.

Leyla McCalla is an American classical and folk musician who was a cellist with the Grammy-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops before starting a solo career. Purchase tickets at https://artsinfocus.universitytickets.com or call (270) 534-3212.

“Successful Minority Female Professionals, Best Practices and More!”

Emerging Technology Center, Room 109 • 5:00 p.m.

A panel of local professionals includes Courtney Hamilton, Aseer Scott, Mary Pettus-Rowland, Lynne Chambers, Shulorn Hollowell Jeter, and Haley McCoy. The program will begin after refreshments. Reservation required. Call: (270) 534-3335.

The panel discussion will be part of the college's February 28 Black History Month Mixer: A Salute to Black Sororities and Fraternities. The mixer is a meet-and-greet opportunity to learn more about the history, mission, purpose and values of Black Greek-lettered organizations. Refreshments will be available.

The events are free and open to the public.

Officials are finalizing details and will announce on the WKCTC social media channels.