KEYSER - Potomac State College continued to observe A Celebration of Black History Thursday evening with a dinner and honors bestowed upon Keyser's own Clifton E. Brooks Sr.
For the News Tribune
KEYSER - Potomac State College continued to observe A Celebration of Black History Thursday evening with a dinner and honors bestowed upon Keyser’s own Clifton E. Brooks Sr.
Brooks, a World War II veteran, was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, an all-black company of pilots, mechanics and technicians who helped defeat Nazi Germany and end segregation.
Brooks was a cryptographer.
Opening remarks for Thursday evening’s program in the Davis Conference Center were made by Dr. Gregory Ochoa, dean of Academic Affairs at Potomac State.
Michael Garcia, regional coordinator for West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin's office, also gave a short address on behalf of the senator, thanking the organizers of the dinner and Mr. Brooks for his service.
Brooks was awarded a special plaque by Karen Sommers of the PSC Office of Residence Life. The plaque was paid out of a Diversity for Equity Mini Grant from the Higher Education Policy Commission and will be on display in Memorial Hall on campus.
Marjorie Fuller, director of the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research, was an invited guest speaker, sharing her experience in welcoming students from all backgrounds to be part of the WVU family, and the challenges facing a diverse student body on the WVU Morgantown and Keyser campuses.
In honor of Black History Month, the college will next present a free screening of “King in the Wilderness,” the new HBO documentary on the last three years of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life.
The showing is slated for Monday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. at the Davis Conference Center.
The screening is open to the public.