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ACTC to host virtual Black History Month events

February 1, 2022

ASHLAND, Ky. – Ashland Community and Technical College will be hosting virtual events throughout the month of February in celebration of Black History Month. 

All events will take place at noon on Microsoft Teams. 

On Wednesday, Feb. 9, Reverend Stanley McDonald and Marshall Tyson will present “MLK’s Legacy Moving Forward.” 

Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Tyson is a graduate of Gahanna Lincoln High School. Upon graduating, he moved to Ironton to play college basketball at Ohio University before transferring to Kentucky Christian University. Tyson earned a degree in Youth and Family Ministry with a minor in Biblical Studies and went on to be a youth pastor for ten years serving in Ironton, Greenup, and South Point, Ohio. He currently serves as the Marketing Supervisor for Pathways, Inc., a role he has been in for ten years.

Rev. McDonald is a native of Masontown, Pennsylvania, where he was introduced to the gospels while attending St. John Baptist Church until his teenage years. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in March 1985 and served on active duty until Dec. 31, 2011, when he retired honorably after serving over 26 years. In August 1999, he received his ordination certification from Canaan Full Gospel Baptist Church, Goldsboro, North Carolina. He currently serves as the vice-president on the Four Winds Christian Ministries Inc. Board of Directors in San Antonio, Texas, a board member of Shelter of Hope in Ashland, Kentucky, an active member of the Boyd & Greenup County NAACP council, and the newly elected president of the Ashland Area Ministerial Association. He’s the pastor of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church and the Transportation Director at the Ashland Independent School District.

Those who wish to attend “MLK’s Legacy Moving Forward” can do so here

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, Dr. Teresa McKenzie of Ohio University Southern will discuss “History of Black Women in Military.”

Dr. McKenzie is an Air Force veteran and currently serves as the accessibility and veterans’ services coordinator at Ohio University Southern. She served five years in the United States Air Force. In addition to her role on campus, Dr. McKenzie also serves on the Lawrence County Veteran of the Year committee and plans Ohio University Southern’s annual Veteran’s Day tribute program on the Ironton campus.

Those who wish to attend “History of Black Women in Military” can do so here

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Dr. John Hardin will discuss “A Brief Intro to Africa.”

A third generation native Kentuckian from Louisville, Dr. Hardin has degrees from Bellarmine University (BA), Fisk University (MA) and the University of Michigan (Ph.D.) 

Prior to his arrival at Western Kentucky University in August 1991, Dr. Hardin taught history full-time at Kentucky State University for ten years and Eastern Washington University for seven years where he received tenure.  As an adjunct faculty member, he taught courses at the University of Louisville, University of Kentucky, Kentucky Wesleyan College and Spokane Community College. In 1991, he was appointed Associate Professor of History. At WKU, his primary academic focus was in the Department of History with two administrative appointments: Assistant Dean of Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and Assistant to the Provost for Diversity Enhancement. On July 1, 2018, he retired from Western Kentucky University as Professor Emeritus of History.

Those who wish to attend “A Brief Intro to Africa” can do so here

For more information on Black History Month events, email Al Baker at or Kevin Harrison at