Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CCC's Dean of Career and Technical Education Anne Clark, pictured, served as the keynote speaker during CCC's 2017 culminating Black History Month program.
CLARKSDALE – In 1984, Tina Turner made the world ponder with the release of her hit single “What’s Love Got to Do with It?”
In similar fashion, Dean of Career and Technical Education Anne Clark questioned, “What’ s education got to do with it?” during the keynote address for Coahoma Community College’s culminating Black History Month program Tuesday morning.
“My answer is simple,” said Clark to audience comprised of students, faculty, staff and community members. “Everything.”
Themed, “The Crisis in Black Education,” the annual program was organized by the Division of Academic Affair’s Black History Month Committee and CCC’s Lyceum Committee to highlight a month of activities and events designed to recognize, honor and acknowledge the roles African Americans have played in American history.
Hosted in the Pinnacle, the student-led program also included several musical performances by CCC’s Choir, CCC’s Concert Band as well as a special Black History inspired art exhibit by CCC’s Art Department.
Alluding to the event’s theme, Clark said challenges in the education system are not new.
“There once was a time when African Americans had to creep in the dark to write in the dirt,” said Clark. “…We have experienced challenges before, but we made it.”
After sharing several startling statistics highlighting the troubles of America’s educational system, Clark asserted that every individual has a role they can play in creating positive change.
“We have to return to providing intensive education of basic skills—reading, writing and reasoning,” said Clark. “We must make a serious recommitment to the education of all.”
Clark closed by encouraging everyone, especially students, to take a good look at the “man in the mirror”.
“I urge you to examine your place in education,” Clarks said. “To eradicate the challenges in education, you must empower yourselves through education—for you are the future leaders.”
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