Highland Community College to host Black History Month celebration

FREEPORT — In recognition of Black History Month, Highland Community College will sponsor a free and open public celebration beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 22, in the Student/Conference Center.

This year’s event will feature keynote addresses from Paulette Williams-Thomas of MetLife Auto & Home, and Larry Williams of the Freeport Housing Authority. The evening will include student emcee Michelle Hail-Harris and musical selections from soloist Jonathon Palmer. A reception and refreshments will follow the program.

Paulette Williams-Thomas, a Freeport native, is an alumnus of Freeport High School and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Communications from Western Illinois University. A 26-year employee of MetLife, she currently serves as a Supervisor in the Global Technology and Operations Agency Response Center. Paulette is also an active member of the Philippians Missionary Baptist Church where serves as Director of Youth Ministries.

Larry Williams is the Executive Director of the Housing Authority of the City of Freeport. In addition to improving the physical facilities and buildings for residents, he has also increased necessary services in collaboration with 19 community partners. The Empowerment Center is one of his most recent ideas in which a state -of-the-art technology training center was developed to host ongoing educational activities.

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Freeport, IL 61032-9341

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