Blacks’ influence on American culture

Published 12:17 pm Thursday, March 1, 2012

MARKING BLACK HISTORY MONTH at Bainbridge College are, from the left, front row, Saneka Parks of Donalsonville, Ga., Shirley Florence of Bainbridge, Israel Perkins of Colquitt, Ga., and Bitisha Shina of Bainbridge; back row, Alfred Florence, Michael Howard, Patricia Williams, Sylvester Byrd, all of Bainbridge; Cora Baker of Newton, Ga.; Kathryn Tidwell of Quincy, Fla.; Starlin K. Hutchins and Dionna Stubbs, both of Bainbridge, and the Rev. Otis Tony Brown of Thomasville, Ga.


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.

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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.