The Gaston County Museum is partnering with the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Inc, Epsilon Sigma Chapter for a Celebration of Black History on February 18th at 12 p.m. The celebration will take place at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, 611 Ray Street, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
The church is in the Lincoln Academy Community, the former location of historic Lincoln Academy, an elementary and secondary school founded in 1866 for African-American students.
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The keynote speaker will be Dorothy Counts-Scoggins, who in 1957 at 15 years of age, began her journey as one of four African American students to change the inequality of education in Charlotte, NC, and across the country. After enrolling in Harding High School, Dorothy was met with four days of abuse before her parents removed her from the Charlotte school. This experience led to a lifetime of work as a social worker and educator. Dorothy received a BA degree in Psychology from Johnson C Smith University and received certification in Early Childhood Leadership at UNC-Chapel Hill and The Early Childhood Staffing Study” and “The Financial Side of Child Care at Wheelock College, Boston, Massachusetts. She has developed curricula in Financial Management, and Early Childhood Administration and served on the state-wide committee to develop the curriculum for the NC Administration Credential for Community Colleges (NCAC). Dot has also conducted seminars on an array of early childhood topics at conferences on the local, state, and national levels.
Other speakers will include Lemuel H. Froneberger, Class of ’52, Lincoln Academy, and Lisa R. Withers, AHA-NEH grant fellow. Withers will present on the Gaston County Museum’s recent grant funded project on research of African American historic sites in Gaston County, and potential designations for those sites.Gaston County Museum
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