SCC celebrates Black History Month with poetry and entrepreneurship

Poetry reading filled the Southeastern Community College auditorium in celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 13. The event was in partnership with Columbus Career and College Academy’s Poetry Club.  

CCCA students Trinity Fowler read “Vote” by Nikki Giovanni, Nora Currie read “Harlem” by Langston Hughes, Bailey Overstreet read “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou, and Anthony McGhee read “BLK History Month” by Nikki Giovanni. 

“The students were really excited about it, and the students wanted to show their appreciation for Black history,” said Christian Godwin, CCCA principal. “The four students who performed chose things that were meaningful to them, and that’s what truly made it exciting.” 

Guest speaker for the event was Whiteville native Donna Moody, CEO of Donna Kay Naturals and director of admissions at the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina in Lake Waccamaw. Moody discussed her career as a social media influencer and social media coach. Moody is married and has three children.  

“I want to encourage all of you here today to never give up,” Moody said. “Start creating something that is attached to something you love to do. That is where your purpose is.” 

Colene Faulk, dean of student services, said her favorite aspect of Moody’s speech was “your purpose is connected to the things you love.” She said the event was coordinated by SGA President Maurice Simmons and Student Engagement Coordinator Katie Floyd. Simmons was also master of ceremonies.  

Jessica McDowell, SCC business careers and technical program specialist, read her original poem “A Dreamer’s Dream” to close out the program.  

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