Programs and Events
2014 BTCU Programs
Unless otherwise noted: All programs will be held
First Congregational Church 145 Capital Ave., Battle Creek from 7p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
April 10, Thursday. “Teen Talk/Health Issues.” This program will feature a panel of youth representatives who have helped organize the program related to
teen pregnancies, STD's, depression and healthy self esteem, and a panel composed of health professionals and youth advocates. The goal of this exchange is to raise questions that will promote understanding of the issues and equip the audience and the youth with accurate knowledge to support healthy life choices. This program will be held at First Congregational Church, 145 N.E., Capital Ave. at 7 p.m. The community is invited free of charge. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call Nina La Grand at 269-964-4921.
Tues., April 15 - Friday, April 25. The Commemorative Air Force Rise Above Tuskegee Airmen Exhibit
Tuesday, April 15, 2014, through Saturday April 19 the exhibit is scheduled to be located in the Battle Creek Central High School parking lot. On Friday, April 18, the exhibit will be open to the public as the schools will be closed for Good Friday.
The Exhibit will be relocated over the weekend to the parking lot at Lakeview High School and will run consecutively, Monday, April 21 through Friday, April 25.
This exhibit is set up to run in 45 minute increments, with 35 students/community members able to view the documentary at one time and is shown approximately 9 times daily starting at around 7:45 a.m., (whatever time increment that best matches start time of the school and the time required to get to this exhibit,) with the last showing being approximately early - mid afternoon.) Feel free to check out more information on their website: www.redtail.org.
This exhibit has a "Wow!" factor to it, in that it comes in the form of an unforgettable red 81 foot semi trailer truck, with pictures and info about the Tuskegee Airmen on the panels surrounding the truck. When the truck is parked, the sides expand out to create a theater with a 160 degree screen on which the Tuskegee Airmen story is shown. This exhibit travels to classrooms across our nation to share the story of obstacles, persistence and triumph that are all a part of the Tuskegee Airmen story. The purpose of this exhibit is to inspire youth who also face obstacles and feel looked down upon by others. Each student going through the exhibit gets a set of dog tags with the mottos of the Tuskegee Airmen inscribed on them: "Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Never Quit, Be Ready To Go, Expect To Win," as reminders that they, too, can Rise Above their circumstances.
Wed., April 16 at 5 p.m. The W. K. Kellogg Auditorium Tuskegee Airmen Program.
"Overcoming Adversity---An Inspirational Success Story."
This program will be held on Wednesday, April 16 at 5 p.m., and will feature
1. Lt. Col. Alexander Jefferson a former Tuskegee Airmen, who was also a P.O.W. and received the Purple Heart, as our keynote speaker. He is known nationally to be an outstanding and inspirational speaker.
2. T. R.Shaw, President of the Navy League will give a tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen and military servicemen in the audience.Tuskegee Airmen Chapter representatives will be present from Michigan's two chapters, the West Bloomfield Macon Thomas Chapter and the Detroit Tuskegee Airmen Chapter.
3. An excerpt from the Commemorative Air Force DVD, "Red Tail Reborn" will be shown with outstanding news footage about the story of the Tuskegee Airmen.
4. Dave Powell, Dean of Western Michigan's College of Aviation, will speak about it's mission and affiliation with OBAP ( Organization of Black Aerospace Pilots ),
5. Sid Adams, OBAP's previous local Summer Camp trainer and community leader will speak about mentoring youth to believe in themselves.
6. Burt Lowe, from the Detroit Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen will tell the story of how the Tuskegee Airmen was pulled from the graveyards of history through the restoration of WWII airplanes, and about a man named Don Hinz that championed carrying their story nationwide.
7. "Carrying the Legacy Forward" with Bill Phillips closing out the program.
This program is free to all schools, churches, businesses, organizations and residents of the Battle Creek area.
W. K. Kellogg Auditorium has a seating capacity of 1,880. We would like to see a full house! There are few stories that can touch the heart regarding the wrong-mindedness of racism, and how perseverance against the most daunting circumstances can turn adversity into triumph, as the story of the Tuskegee Airmen can.
June 19 Thursday. “The Anatomy of A Stereotype.” An opportunity
to discuss stereotypes, the “whys “ and “affects” of them, and to prepare us
to know how to respectfully and assertively handle them. We'll do break out
sessions to experience "life like" scenarios and work in small groups to problem solve responses. Open to the community at no charge. Please RSVP to
firstname.lastname@example.org. or call 269-275-1818.