News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chrysten Crockett
(803) 327-8032

February 24, 2014

York Tech and Community Celebrate Black History Through Music

ROCK HILL, SC  This past Friday, nearly 260 community members joined York Technical College students, faculty and staff for the annual Black History Though Music celebration, which has been hosted at York Tech for over 15 years.

The evening was filled with musical tributes honoring those who contributed to black history in America. York Tech business student Charlene Watts opened the ceremony with the song "Lift Every Voice and Sing" — sometimes referred to as "The Negro National Hymn" or " The Black National Anthem." The event continued with the melodious sounds of the infamous Rock Hill band, known as Plair. The band infused the Hood Center with culture and jazz as  York Tech Counselor Bobby Plair reflected on the monumental milestones in black history. Plair took the audience on a journey tracing all the way back to the late 19th century. He recognized those from Harriet Tubman, Harriet Beacher Stowe and those in the "Tuskeegee Experiment" all the way to the election of President Barak Obama.

Other performances included songs from various community choirs, York Tech students, community youth and more. 

“I think that the program provided a night of entertainment and education and showed the collaboration between the college and the community. I was joyed that the students, community members and faculty were able to showcase their talents,” Plair said.

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About York Technical College:
York Technical College, is a public, two-year institution of higher education that offers a variety of associate degrees, diplomas, and certificates. York Technical College’s mission is: Building Our Community Through Maximizing Student Success.




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