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SPC to host Black History Month event on Feb. 26
LEVELLAND – Quincy White, Lubbock’s assistant City Manager, will deliver the keynote address during South Plains College’s Black History program, “Reaching Back and Moving Forward,” slated for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 26 (Tuesday) in the Sundown Room.
Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
“I think it’s necessary to celebrate the legacy of those who have come before us and left footprints for us to follow,” said Maria Lopez-Strong, Diversity Coordinator for SPC. This event reminds us of the struggles of our leaders and their sacrifice should never be forgotten.”
The evening will feature musical entertainment by the King Sisters, a skit featuring the fourth grade class of Ruby Brackens of Levelland ISD and the keynote address by White.
White is a Lubbock native and a 1965 graduate of Dunbar High School. He attended Prairie View A&M University and Wenatchee Valley College. Hired by the Xerox Corporation in 1973, he spent 11 years with the company. In 1990, White returned to Lubbock where he began his public sector career. He served as Drug Elimination Program Coordinator and Executive Director of the Lubbock Housing Authority, Executive Director of the Lubbock Black Chamber of Commerce, Youth Services Coordinator and Assistant Director Human Resources.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority named White its 2003 Man of the Year and the Lubbock Black Chamber of Commerce honored him for his commitment and involvement in the Lubbock community.
The annual presentation of the Spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. Award will be given to Dr. Sharon Bogener, professor of History and Government at SPC, and Mary Nell Leaks of Workforce Solutions in Littlefield.
Bogener was born in Levelland and she attended Levelland public schools. She graduated from South Plains College (Associate of Arts) and Texas Tech University where she received a Bachelor of Arts, Masters of Arts and Doctorate of Philosophy. She taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Texas Tech for two years prior to joining the faculty at South Plains where she has taught for 16 years. Bogener serves as a sponsor for the Hispanic Student Organization.
Leaks is a graduate of Levelland High School and she received her Associate of Arts degree from South Plains College. She joined Workforce Solutions South Plains in 1998 as a Case Manager. She is currently the Director of the Littlefield Center.
For more information, contact Strong at (806) 716-2562.