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Kicking off Black History Month with George Erps

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - In keeping with the national proclamation designating February as Black History Month, the Princeton Public Library and Bluefield State College have invited local educator and author George Erps to provide a presentation and discussion relative to local school integration in the 1960’s and 1970’s.

The Princeton Public Library has worked with George Erps and Joy Robinette to commemorate black history during the month of February.

Since the mid- 1970’s, it has been designated that February be coined “Black History Month”, allowing for a special time to remember and recognize the influential role of African- Americans in U.S. history.

Erps will first present at BSC in the Student Center at 11:00 a.m.

The program, The Integration of Bluefield High School, is scheduled for February 27, 2020, from 5:00 pm until 6:00 pm, depending on discussion length, and taking place in the large conference of the Princeton Public Library.

The program will include a short video presentation, a discussion led by George Erps, retired educator and author, and Joy Robinette, retired school counselor and grief share facilitator, on the effects of integration in the area, their experiences, followed by a short question and answer period.

Following the program, George Erps will have copies of his first book titles, Bluefield High School: From Segregation to Integration, for purchase. This book places focus on the day to day operations of the actual integration of Bluefield High School.

Sheena Johnson, the Director of the Princeton Public Library, has reached out to knowledgeable individuals in the community to help highlight the historical significance of the area of Princeton WV and Mercer County.

Stay with WVVA for updates.

Bailey Pace

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