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‘Flavors of Soul’ Summit at Valley Street Campus Feb. 27

The Black History Month celebration continues at Gadsden State as the Title III Program and Office of Legal Affairs host the “Flavors of Soul Summit” on Thursday, February 27 at the Valley Street Campus Student Center in Gadsden.  The event begins at 8:00 a.m. and will include several presenters throughout the morning sharing information on how the state of

Alabama and the city of Gadsden impacted the Civil Rights Movement, community resources, and health services education.

Carl Byers, Valley Street Campus director, will present “The Alabama Impact” with a documentary introduction of 4 Little Girls.  The film is an American historical documentary film about the September 15, 1963 murder of four African-American girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama.  4 Little Girls, produced by director Spike Lee, was nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Documentary.”  The death of the girls became a landmark moment in the civil rights struggle that led to the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Celebrated as martyrs in the history of civil rights, the four bombing victims were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor bestowed on civilians, to posthumously recognize their sacrifice.

Pharmacist and author, Dr. Richard Edwards, is the featured presenter for “The Gadsden Impact.”  Edwards, a native of Attalla, is a graduate of Florida A & M and Jacksonville State University.  He has practiced pharmacy in Etowah County and the surrounding areas since 1961. A memorable occasion came for Edwards in the late 1960s when he began working in the Pharmacy Department at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Gadsden (a first for both Edwards and the hospital).  Edwards is the author of Zadie’s Boy: The Troy Maeweather Story. 

Kassie Mathis, Title III/HBCUs director, will present information on community resources, Tresea Williams of the Etowah County Health Department will share information on nutrition education, and Cornita Rogers of Quality of Life Health Services will conduct a presentation on diabetes and hypertension education.

The “Flavors of Black History” will treat event attendees to delightful samples of various types of dishes as part of the soul food tasting presentation conducted by Eric Stringer, GSCC diversity liaison.  The Summit will conclude with the Central-Carver Legacy Museum Exhibit conducted by Dr. Michele Bradford, director of legal affairs.  The Museum started as a temporary Hardin Center exhibit in 2002 is located at the Carver Community Center. Gadsden State, with funding from a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, was instrumental in the development of the initial project to make sure that an important part of Gadsden’s history was kept alive.

Earlier this month, the Campus hosted former Gadsden native and current Birmingham City Councilman Steven W. Hoyt. On Thursday, February 20 at 10:30 a.m. “A Journey to Washington with Robert Avery” will be held in the Gadsden Job Corps Gymnasium.

For more information contact Kassie Mathis at kmathis@gadsdenstate.edu or 256-549-8679.

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