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For Immediate Release


Feb. 22 Black History Celebration


Catawba Valley Community College welcomes Dr. Simon Whittaker as its keynote speaker for the annual Multicultural Celebration in Honor of Black History Tues., Feb. 22.

The event will be held in the college’s Multipurpose Complex beginning at 6 p.m.
CVCC holds the event each year to celebrate Black History Month and recognize the cultural heritage and contributions to the community as a result of diversity. The winner of the annual Outstanding Contribution to the African-American Community Award will also be recognized.
Whittaker is the co-founder of Whittaker Institute for Success and Enrichment, which specializes in empowering people, strengthening organizations, and unleashing potential through counseling, diversity training, career and life coaching, and organizational enhancement training.
A Fulbright Scholar who studied in South Africa, Morocco and Tunisia, Whittaker received his doctorate in education specialization in designing training and instruction for organizational and personal development. A highly sought after keynote speaker, he placed third in the semi-finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking in 2006.
Entertainment will be provided by the Hmong Dancers and Raza Latina Dancers with the Challenger Early College High School and a community mass choir. Light refreshments will be served prior to the event.

This project was supported by the United Arts Council of Catawba County through the North Carolina Arts Council, with funding from the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

Additional sponsoring partners are CVCC’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the CVCC Foundation, Inc., BB&T, the CVCC Student Government Association, CVCC Rotaract Club, Lenoir-Rhyne University and Ridgeview Branch Library.

For more information about the event, contact CVCC’s Multicultural Affairs Office at 828-327-7000, ext. 4578.
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