Black History Month Celebrations

Preservation of historical and cultural documents is going to be discussed as part of a Laurens County Library celebration of Black History Month. The library announced it’s presenting a Black History Month program called “The Right Stuff: Preserving Black History and Culture through Historical Records and Documents.” This program will be held next week – Thursday evening, February 21st starting at 6:00 pm at the Laurens Library on West Main Street.

In presenting the program, Mr. Donald West will discuss the need and efforts to preserve historical records, photos and documents, and the proper storage and care of these materials. West is an instructor in the department of History, Humanities and Political Science at Trident Technical College. He teaches U.S. History and African-American History. West has a B.A. in Social Studies Education from The University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and an M.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati.

His program next week is being funded by South Carolina Humanities as part of efforts to enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of all South Carolinians. This not-for-profit organization presents and/or supports literary initiatives, lectures, exhibits, festivals, publications, oral history projects, videos, and other humanities-based experiences that reach more than 250,000 citizens annually. South Carolina Humanities receives funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as corporate, foundation, and individual donors. It is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of community leaders from throughout the state.

The Laurens County Library System offers more information on next week’s program with a phone call to the library at 864-681-7323. This program is free and open to the public.


The following week, author and cyber security expert Dr. Derrick Barksdale is featured speaker at this year’s Black History program at Laurens District 55 High School. Seating is limited for this program, so anyone interested in attending is invited to call the main office at LDHS at 864-682-3151 to reserve a seat in advance. That program begins at 10:30 Wednesday morning, February 27th.