Local Events Honoring Black History Month

The Arts Commission of Danville/Boyle County Presents

A Gallery Talk

To celebrate
Black History Month
the Pieceable Friends Quilt Exhibit
The Civil War and Underground Railroad Quilts-
History or Mystery
Thursday, February 16th
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public
McKinney Conference Center
Constitution Square


Boyle County Library Upcoming Events
Community Room

Monday, February 20
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Boyle Landmark Trust, African American Historical Society, Boyle County Public Library and the Genealogical Society is hosting an evening with Mr. Dwayne Walker and Mrs. Michelle Carter.
 Mr. Walker grew up in Danville.  He is the first African American from Danville to attend and graduate from The United States Military Academy West Point.
 Ms Carter grew up in Lexington. She began her academic journey at Eastern Kentucky University (EKU), but after a year decided to join the United States Army, serving eight (8) years active duty as a Personnel Actions Specialist (75E/MOS).  She is currently the Director of Student Support Services at The Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Danville Campus.  


Centre College Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 16

 The Diversity Office, The Diversity Student Union, and The Center for Teaching and Learning are collaborating on two events featuring Dr. Khuram Hussain, Associate Professor of Education at Hobart and William Smith Colleges:
 4:10 p.m.-5:15 p.m. in the Grissom Reading Room in the Library
 Dr. Hussain will share his reflections on using intergroup dialogue techniques in a community-based learning course.  This course, which brought students and community members together to share knowledge, develop skills for dialogue, and build equity, aimed to create spaces where all participants were equally empowered.  Following Dr. Hussain’s reflections, we invite you to stay for a discussion of the ways we might use mutual empowerment models of community-based learning here at Centre. 
 7:00 p.m. in the Evans-Lively Room
 Dr. Hussain will lead a convocation on community dialogue.  One of the core challenges of our 21st century is the question of difference and diversity. How we deal with that question will set the destiny of our generation. We have all witnessed the ways in which differences can lead to distrust, and misunderstanding, ultimately isolating people from their own neighbors, preventing us from working towards common solutions. At such times we fail to see one another and we make decisions about each other that are rooted in misconceptions and bad information. Yet difference and diversity are not going anywhere.  So how do we all engage the diversity around us? Through facilitated community dialogue, we will listen to each other, share our experiences and stories, and learn how to work towards common solutions. 


Friday, February 17
Race in the Entertainment Industry
Featuring Ben Vereen

Newlin Hall
        10:20 a.m.–11:20 a.m.

Facilitated discussion for Centre College students and the general public. Since Ben was featured in the TV series Roots and originated historically Black roles on Broadway & film, the audience will gain valuable insights into one Black actor’s life & struggles over the past half century.

From Blackface to Defying Gravity: The Ever-Evolving Life of Ben Vereen  
Newlin Hall
7:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.


A free public lecture, in recognition of Black History Month, Ben will share with the audience details of his life as an African American performer.  From his early days to originating roles on Broadway and television to President Ronald Reagan’s inauguration to the loss of his 16-year-old daughter and his own recovery from being struck by a car and struggling with addiction.  Ben’s successful comeback as a performer earning roles in numerous movies and television shows further demonstrates that his journey to date has been colorful and ever-evolving.  This is a true story of the human condition.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Steppin’ Out With Ben Vereen
Newlin Hall
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
(To purchase tickets please contact Norton Center box office)
 Full-length evening performance featuring Broadway hits, a tribute to the Rat Pack and songs from the American Songbook.