Rep. Butterfield to Deliver BHM Presentation
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's celebration of Black History Month continues Tuesday with a presentation by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield on the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.
A Wilson native and member of the Democratic Party, Butterfield has represented North Carolina’s 1st Congressional District since 2004. He most recently won re-election in 2012.
Butterfield’s presentation at PCC will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center multipurpose room on the college’s main campus. The event starts at 11 a.m. and is free and open to the public.
This year’s national theme for Black History Month is “At the Crossroads of Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington.”
Jan. 1 marked the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s executive order to free slaves in Union-controlled territories of the Confederacy. And on Aug. 28, half a century will have passed since Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
In conjunction with Black History Month, PCC has held a program to celebrate King’s life and a scholarship breakfast fundraiser that featured Rev. Sidney Locks, former pastor of Greenville’s Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. A Black History Month Fine Art Exhibit opened Feb. 4 in the college’s Vernon E. White Building and will remain on display through May 15.