Black History Month Presentation at A-B Tech

Dr. David Gilbert

A-B Tech will host a presentation in honor of Black History month by Dr. David Gilbert, a professor at Mars Hill University.

Gilbert is the author of an award-winning book on black music and culture, The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace. This work won a Choice Award from the American Library Association in 2015.

“I will present a talk about the African American freedom struggle, focusing on the popular music of the eras,” Gilbert said. “While I will analyze and narrate aspects of the political and social civil rights era, I will concentrate on the popular sounds that dominated the radio, giving an unusual account of the post-war black fights against segregation and inequality.”

Dr. David Gilbert’s talk takes place at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 28 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus of A-B Tech. The event is free and open to the public.

About A-B Tech Community College

One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas and certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its five academic divisions: Allied Health and Public Service Education, Arts and Sciences, Business and Hospitality Education, Emergency Services and Engineering and Applied Technology.

The Division of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers opportunities for workforce partnerships, specific job training and retraining, as well as personal enrichment classes. A-B Tech enrolls more than 25,000 curriculum and continuing education students in programs at its Asheville, Enka, Madison, South, Woodfin, and Goodwill locations.

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