Blacks’ influence on American culturePublished 12:17pm Thursday, March 1, 2012
By CAROL HEARD
BC Communications Specialist
Bainbridge College students recently recounted how black citizens have influenced American culture, saying the United States is a better place today because of struggles and contributions of African-Americans.
Starting back to the early years of when America was first settled, through the black soldiers’ contributions during the Revolutionary War more than 236 years ago, and to the Civil Rights Movement of just 50 years ago, BC students made presentations on how blacks have influenced our country and culture.
BC student Otis Tony Brown of Thomasville, Ga., said the program allowed the audience an opportunity to look back on the struggles African-Americans endured as well as the contributions they made to help make this country a better nation.
Other presenters of the program, which was held Feb. 21 at the Student Wellness Center, were BC students Starlin K. Hutchins, Dionna Stubbs, Sylvester Byrd, Bitisha Shina and Michael Howard, all of Bainbridge; Saneka Parks of Donalsonville, Ga.; Cora Baker of Newton, Ga., and Kathryn Tidwell of Quincy, Fla. Patricia Williams of Bainbridge and vice president of the Student Government Association (SGA), and Shirley Florence, also of Bainbridge and SGA freshmen representative, served as emcees.
Israel Perkins of Colquitt, Ga., performed a praise dance, and Alfred Florence of Bainbridge spoke.