Black-History-Month-2015GEORGETOWN, Ky. – On Tuesday, February 17, at 11 a.m. in John L. Hill Chapel, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion presents a Black History of Georgetown Dialogue with Dr. A. Lindsey Apple, Professor Emeritus of History at Georgetown College, and Mr. William McIntyre, historian, photographer and native of Georgetown, Ky. Mr. McIntyre has lived in Scott County all his life, except for the period of time he was serving in the Korean War as a Marine, and is described by Dr. Apple as a “wealth of information.”

MccIntyre will talk about his experiences of growing up as a black citizen of Scott County during the segregation years, said Dr. Apple, who plans to take a very loose, conversational approach to encourage questions from audience members.

This is the second year for the Black History Dialogue at GC. Apple said last year McIntyre talked about how after returning from the Korean War, he couldn’t get served in a local restaurant.

“These are things that don’t surprise people my age,” Apple said. “We lived through it too. We’re trying to let the younger people realize some of the things that came before them.”

A week later, on Tuesday, February 24, at 11 a.m. in Hill Chapel, scholar and historian Jerry Gore, great-great-grandson of Addison White (called Ohio’s most famous fugitive on the Underground Railroad), will present a dynamic discussion of slavery and the Underground Railroad movement. He is one of the founders of the National Underground Railroad Museum, Inc., located in historic Maysville, Ky. Mr. Gore, a retired educator who currently serves as CEO of Freedom Time, has traveled extensively in the United States and Canada researching and sharing his stories of the history of the enslaved Africans and the Underground Railroad.

BHTributeThen, that same evening, the Joyful Noise Gospel Choir and GC Chorale will jointly present a Musical Tribute to Black History at 7 o’clock in John L. Hill Chapel. Special guest vocalist Calesta Day, soprano, will perform “Hear My Prayer,” composed by Moses Hogan. Other selections for the evening include Dr. Raymond Wise’s arrangement of the African American Spiritual “Walk Together Children,” sung jointly by the Choir and Chorale. The Chorale will perform “King of Kings,” a wonderful gospel composition by Glenn Burleigh. The choral groups feature over two dozen voices under the direction of Landen A. Wilson & Brock Terry.

Admission is free for all events. The public is invited.