BCTC pays tribute to Frederick Douglass as part of Black History Month
LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 11, 2010) As part of Black History Month, Bluegrass Community and Technical College will host two performances of Experience the Spirit, a presentation by Michael E. Crutcher, Sr. reenacting the life of Frederick Douglass, an anti-slavery leader in the 1800s.
The performances will be held 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16 in room 340 Oswald Building, Cooper Campus, 470 Cooper Drive in Lexington, and 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 room 140 at the Danville Campus, 59 Corporate Drive in Danville. The public is invited to attend.
Crutcher will have a question and answer session after the reenactments.
During Crutcher's presentation, the BCTC Office of Multiculturalism and Inclusion will pay tribute to Frederick Douglass role as an ambassador to Haiti. The office will present the re-enactor a check of funds raised for Haiti relief. The office raised money by selling pins in the colors of the Haitian flag. The pins were similar to ones worn at the 2010 Golden Globes. The check, combined with funds raised from other BCTC classes, will be donated to non-profit organization Edge Outreach.
Fredrick Douglass was a powerful voice for African Americans in his day and today, said Charlene Walker, BCTC vice president of multiculturalism and inclusion. The fact that he was an appointed U.S. minister to Haiti makes Michael's presentation as Frederick Douglass timely with the disaster in Haiti. BCTC is active in raising funds for Haiti relief.
Crutcher is a United States Army retiree and a former assistant professor at Lexington Community College, now known as BCTC.
His acting career includes several television commercials and the movie Dreamer with Dakota Fanning and Kurt Russell. Crutcher has portrayed Frederick Douglass at numerous venues and historic commemorations throughout Kentucky and outside the state.
For more information about Crutcher, visit http://www.spiritoffrederickdouglass.com/.