Black History Month Events | WKCTC

Black History Month Events

West Kentucky Community and Technical College promotes equity as we champion student success, provide excellence in teaching and learning, and advance economic development within a diverse and inclusive campus community. 

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Join us for an enthralling evening with renowned American poet Dr. Frank X Walker! Meeting Walker and hearing his reflective, insightful performance will impress and mesmerize the audience. 

The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a reception in West Kentucky Community and Technical College's Student Center in the Clemens Fine Arts Building. Walker will then take the Clemens Fine Arts Center (CFAC) stage at 7 PM with a lecture to share about his life and literary works. A Q&A will follow. 

Former Kentucky Poet Laureate Frank X Walker is a professor in the Department of English and the African American and Africana Studies Program at the University of Kentucky and the founding editor of Pluck! - The Journal of Affrilachian Arts & Culture.

A Cave Canem Fellow and co-founder of the Affrilachian Poets, Walker is the author of eight collections of poetry, including Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers, winner of the 2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Poetry and Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York, winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award as well as two new collections, The Affrilachian Sonnets, and About Flight.

WKCTC recognizes and appreciates Dr. Walker's long-standing efforts to bring awareness of how the Appalachian region and Kentucky's history have been influenced by and benefited from the African American presence in the area.

Walker will also share a presentation at 11 AM on February 5, with a Q&A afterward.

Don't miss an evening with Frank X Walker, to be presented as part of the WKCTC's Black History Month programming.

Admission is free. All seating is general admission.

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The Clemens Fine Art Center is excited to present Groove Lane, Paducah’s own funk and R&B experience. This is one show you just can’t miss! Sweet harmonies ? Check. Funky bass riffs ? You got ‘em. You want a rhythm section so tight you won’t stop moving all night? Oh, yeah. 

Groove Lane is funky, soulful, and energetic, and known for their captivating live performances that blend elements of R&B, funk, and gospel music. The band’s sound is characterized by groovy basslines, soulful vocals and a message in their music that reaches out to young and old. They believe that music is a universal language that can unite people from all walks of life, and they strive to create an inclusive environment at all of their shows. Groove Lane has played at numerous venues and events in Paducah, including BBQ on the River and Paducah Beer Werks, where they have been praised for their infectious energy and impressive musicianship. If you’re looking for a band that will get you up and dancing, look no further than Groove Lane! 

Don’t miss Groove Lane,  presented as part of the college’s Black History Month programming.

Admission is free. All seating is general admission.