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Wilbur N. Daniel AACC holds ‘20 Year Anniversary Celebration’

By ALEXANDRA WHITE | Staff Writer

With the new spring semester starting up at APSU, many are looking forward to what the spring semester has in store.

One upcoming event on APSU’s campus is the Wilbur N. African American Cultural Center’s 20 Year Anniversary Celebration starting on Thursday, Jan. 27, from 6- 7:30 p.m. in Clement Auditorium.

This event is monumental for the AACC, marking its contribution and impact on APSU’s campus for the past 20 years.

The event is to have several guest speakers, with introductions by the Director of the AACC Henderson Hill.

Opening remarks will be given by APSU President Timothy Hall, but the highlight of the evening is speaker Alfred “A.J.” Stovall, former director of the AACC and social activist, educator and author who has dedicated his life and career to addressing and researching the issues impacting African Americans.

Also speaking at this event is the Wilbur N. Daniel family for whom the center is named. Daniel was the first black student to enroll at the former Austin Peay State College when the institution was still an all-white school.

For the college, segregation ended in 1956 when Daniel applied and was admitted to the graduate school. He received a Master of Arts in Education in 1957.

Hill commented, “This was a very amazing discovery, because the family wasn’t even aware that the center was still up and running; it was by luck on Facebook that we found them.”

He is also encouraging everyone to come out to celebrate; students, faculty, staff and the community of Clarksville.

This celebration is free for everyone. However, the party does not stop after the speakers are done.

Hill invites guests to come experience the Fisk Jubilee Singers’ performance on Saturday, January 29, in the MMC Concert Hall.

This event in collaboration with the Clarksville Community Concert Association and the AACC is being called a continuation of the celebration.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers is a group of student vocal artists from Fisk University in Nashville who sing and travel worldwide.

The original Jubilee Singers were introduced to the world in 1871, singing “slave songs” that were excellent in preserving this American musical tradition known today as Negro Spirituals.

The Fisk Jubilee broke racial barriers in both the U.S. and abroad in the 19th century and raised money and support for their university.

In 1999, they were featured in a documentary series hosted by PBS. In 2007, they made a sacred journey to Ghana by invitation of the U.S. Embassy and, in 2008, the Fisk Jubilee Singers were the recipient of the 2008 National Medal of Arts which was presented by former President George W. Bush and first lady Laura Bush.

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are renowned worldwide and highly sought after.

Hill stated, it is an honor to have them come to perform at APSU. However, this event does cost for adults and non-APSU students with student ID.

For more ticket information or to purchase your tickets online please visit www.clarksvillemusic.org. For more information pertaining to the AACC 20th anniversary please contact Hill or visit the AACC. TAS

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