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Past, Present, and Future: A Black History Month Discussion

February 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

| Free

A Black History Month discussion surrounding changes in business and education within Huntsville.
This FREE event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by Sonnie Hereford IV as he shares his family’s story as he was the first African-American to integrate a public school for whites in Alabama when he enrolled at Fifth Avenue School in Huntsville.

A panel of black business owners from the Huntsville area will then discuss what types of business and social changes they have experienced within the Huntsville business community, and what they hope to see in the future.

Keynote Speaker:

Sonnie Hereford IV- The first African-American to integrate a public school in Alabama when he enrolled at Fifth Avenue School in Huntsville. He is known as one of Huntsville’s most notable influencers in civil rights.

Panel Discussion:

Karen Smith- Owner of Royal Funeral Home, the oldest black-owned business in North Alabama.

Thornton Stanley, Jr.- Recognized by President George W. Bush as the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Person of the Year and inducted into the Associated General Contractors of Alabama’s Construction Hall of Fame.

Rose Magers-Powell- 1984 Olympic volleyball silver medalist, Head Volleyball Coach at AAMU, and Owner of Rocket City Volleyball Club.

Marvin Battle, Jr.- Owner of Battle Construction, which has been in business for more than 63 years.

Hundley Batts, Sr.- Owner of Hundley Batts and Associates Insurance Agency and the co-owner of WEUP Radio Station.


February 18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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The Chan Auditorium (Located inside the Business Admin building) on the UAH Campus.
4816 Holmes Ave NW, Huntsville, AL 35805 United States
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