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SCC Celebrates Cultural Diversity Throughout Black History Month

Somerset Community College is embracing Black History Month and cultural diversity through several campus and community events. All events are free and open to the public.

Super Sunday

KCTCS Super Sunday February 12, 2012Somerset Community College is sponsoring two Super Sunday events on February 12 as part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) diversity plan. On this day, Somerset Community College and each of the other 15 KCTCS colleges and the system office will partner with churches in their communities to host information fairs for prospective college students and their families.

SCC will sponsor Super Sunday at South Maple Street First Baptist Church, 309 South Maple Street, Somerset, at 11 a.m. and at Altamont Baptist Church, 1110 Littontown Road, East Bernstadt, at 11:30 a.m. Both events will be February 12. A catered luncheon and college fair will follow the services in the respective fellowship halls.

During the service at South Maple Street, SCC will also introduce our 2012 Super Sunday Hall of Fame member, Jonathon Wilson. Wilson is an SCC graduate and a commissioned officer of the U.S. Army. He served in Afghanistan in 2011 and currently is stationed at Fort Knox.

Black History Month Read-In

booksThe Major Black Writers class held at SCC will host an African-American Read-In Chain on February 15 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event involves reading aloud from any work written by an African-American writer and will be held in the Citizens National Bank Community Room in the Harold Rogers Student Commons. Excerpts will be in all genres of literature, including poetry, non-fiction, novel chapters and more.

Redemption: From Slavery to Freedom

Walt WhitakerSCC is partnering with the Watershed Arts Alliance to welcome soloist Whit Whitaker of Lexington to the First Presbyterian Church in Somerset for this special presentation at 3 p.m. on February 26.

Redemption is a musical depiction interwoven to tell a story of the harmony and dichotomy of mans enslavement and his redemptive journey to freedom. In Redemption, Whitaker uses Biblical themes to direct attention to the historical journey of American slavery and the parallel journey of Christians from sin to salvation. Through the music and words of the songs performed by Whitaker, the audience can experience the oppression of slavery and the redeeming grace of Gods love.

Whitaker, who earned his Bachelors of Music at the University of Kentucky, has performed throughout Europe and the United States as a soloist and member of several choral ensembles, including the internationally renowned American Spiritual Ensemble. He has also appeared in a wide variety of local and regional productions, most recently as Sportin Life in UK Opera Theaters production of the opera Porgy and Bess.

First Presbyterian Church is located at the corner of Vine and Columbia Streets in Somerset.

To read more about Somerset Community College and our cultural diversity initiatives, visit Those with questions may also contact Elaine Wilson, SCC Director of Cultural Diversity, at

Shown in collage image: SCC Director of Cultural Diversity Elaine Wilson with Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and KTCTS Board of Regents Chair P.G. Peeples as the Governor officially declared February 12 Super Sunday Day; selection of books by African-American authors; Whit Whitaker.