Black History Month series starts next week
“The Other Side of the Tracks” will begin its fourth year. Previ- ously Mrs. Piper authored “ Ebony Etchings,” sketches of local African-Americans,” for 27 years.
Prior to that, she wrote Black History Month series entitled “Just Folk s” and “ Way Back When.”
Mrs. Piper was a longtime teacher before her retirement and was the last principal of Aycock High School, Rockdale’s school for African-Americans, which closed in the mid-1960s.
A resident of Austin, she is a member of St. James Baptist Church, edits the church newsletter, is musician for the church’s senior choir, has written four Black History Month plays and numerous essays and poems.
Theme for Black History Month 2011 is “African-Americans and the Civil War.”
During that war, nearly 200,000 men of African descent in the United States joined the Grand Army of the Republic and took up arms to destroy slavery and the Confederacy.
Black History Month has its origins in “Negro History Week” which was developed in 1926 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a pioneer in the study of black history.