Hopkinsville, Kentucky – Young people will take center stage as Hopkinsville Community College (HCC) and the HCC Foundation commemorate the 70e birthday of Bell Hooks, Christian County’s own Gloria Jean Watkins.
The HCC Foundation is hosting a luncheon and new feature unveiling commemorating the life and work of bell hooks on Sunday, September 25, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Emerging Technologies Building, Anderson Hall.
She is a National Honor Society Hopkinsville High School cheerleader in the Gifted and Talented Academic Program, and played trumpet in the band. She is also self-taught on a variety of string instruments. Amira is the daughter of Brittany and Sheldon Trotter and has three younger brothers.
Trotter is also part of HCC’s Upward Bound program, which is part of the federal TRIO programs designed to identify and provide services to first-generation students to help increase academic readiness, motivation, and social skills needed to enter, complete and succeed in a secondary education program.
“We are pleased to have Amira as a member of our program,” said HCC TRIO Programs Director Gregory Marable.
The luncheon’s keynote speaker is Reverend Donavan Pinner, a 2016 graduate of Hopkinsville High School where he served as class president. Pinner is a 2020 graduate of Morehouse College and served from 2018 until graduation as a program facilitator for Atlanta Public Schools.
He was a special education teacher at Christian County Public Schools before being accepted and enrolled at Princeton Theological Seminary. Pinner was also selected in a national competition in August 2020 as the National Winner of the All-America City Youth Leadership Award.
A licensed and ordained minister, he has ministered at Virginia Street Baptist Church in Hopkinsville since 2013, where he preached his first sermon at age 16, and currently serves First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. He also served on the Prichard Committee, an independent, nonpartisan, citizen-led organization that works to improve education in Kentucky – from early childhood to post-secondary education – to improve the quality of life for all Kentuckians. .
Pinner is the youngest person ever elected to the Hopkinsville Community College Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees. A self-proclaimed advocate and educator, Pinner has spoken at numerous organizations, churches, community summits, unity rallies, and social justice forums.
“We are thrilled to welcome Donavan to Hopkinsville as we commemorate the anniversary of the legendary bell hooks and unveil the added feature to the Roundtable Literary Park and look forward to hearing his thoughts on this moment in the history of our community and our college,” shared Yvette Eastham, Executive Director of the HCC Foundation and Director of Institutional Advancement for HCC.
The event will culminate at the Round Table Historic Literary Park with the unveiling of the aspirational element added to honor the life and legacy of Bell Hooks. Averi Williams, an eight-year-old third-grader at Indian Hills, and bell hooks’ great-great niece will be one of the final speakers.
“Focusing on aspirations and possibilities and how these turn into reality, our responsibility to future generations to help them become the best version of themselves – that is our hope as we let’s add a performance to our beloved Round Table Literary Park,” the HCC chairman said. and CEO, Dr. Alissa Young.
A limited number of luncheon/reveal tickets are available on the Eventbrite website at /www.eventbrite.com/e/bell-hooks-round-table-park-luncheon-and-feature-reveal-tickets-410000962917 ?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb
The HCC Foundation also continues to receive donations for improvements to the Round Table Literary Park and the Memorial Feature. To donate, call 270.707.3731 or go to https://systemoffice.kctcs.edu/giving/give-now.aspx?college=hopkinsville&fund=bell+hooks+literary+park&utm_source=direct+link&utm_medium=giving&utm_campaign =Literary+Park.
About Hopkinsville Community College
For many residents of the Pennyrile Kentucky and Fort Campbell area, higher education begins at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC).
The college serves thousands of area residents annually as a comprehensive regional learning center offering academic and technical associate degrees; degree and certificate programs in professional fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; personalized training for business and industry; and distance education. As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, HCC is a vital part of transforming the region’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high-growth, high-paying careers.
For more information, visit Hopkinsville.kctcs.edu.