Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
A-B Tech Community College will have two free presentations in honor of Black History Month that are open to the public. Both events are sponsored by the College’s History Department with support from the Diversity Committee.
“The Sounds of Civil Rights: Black Popular Music during the Long Freedom Struggle, from 1919 to 1990,” presented by David Gilbert, will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 5 in Rhododendron 344 on the Asheville campus. Gilbert is Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Lineberger Multicultural Scholar and has a Ph.D. in Black History from the University of Wisconsin. His field of expertise is African-American music before the Harlem Renaissance.
“Segregating the Police: Hiring Black Police Officers in Memphis” will be from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 in Rhododendron 344. Maggy Williams, A-B Tech adjunct instructor and Ph.D. candidate at UNC-Greensboro in American History, will lead the presentation, which will focus on the integration of the police department in Memphis in the 1940s.
One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas or certificates in more 50 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions – Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology. The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for specific job training and retraining and personal enrichment classes.
A-B Tech enrolls nearly 27,000 curriculum and continuing education students, and an estimated one in four Buncombe and Madison residents has attended a class at the College.