Town of Beaufort Commissioner Sharon Harker will be the keynote speaker at Carteret Community College’s 23rd Annual Black History Celebration.
The event, “African Americans and the Vote,” takes place at 6 pm, Monday Feb. 17 at the Crystal Coast Civic Center. The community is invited to attend.
Harker’s speech will focus on the struggle for voting rights faced by Black men and women throughout American history.
“Growing up it was drilled into us the importance of voting” she said. “My mother used to say, ‘If you are not at the table, you won’t get served.'”
During the ceremony, CCC will recognize student, Lee Stiles, as the recipient of this year’s $1,000 Gwen Fisher scholarship. Fisher, who served as the Director of Evening Classes, founded CCC’s Black history celebrations. Upon her death, the scholarship was named in her honor.
The event will also celebrate Black eighth and twelfth graders from Carteret County Public Schools, and Carteret Community College students with grade point averages of 3.0 or more. Each student will receive a certificate of honor celebrating their achievement.
Various vendors will also be in attendance. Carteret Community College, the NAACP, Army, Navy, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority will have tables featuring opportunities available to students.