“African American Life: A Personal Perspective” to be Presented by Reverend Dr. Paul H. Easley on Thursday, July 27, in th

7/18/2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Reverend Dr. Paul H. Easley will present “African American Life: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston on Thursday, July 27. The program, the third in the 2017 Block Speakers Series, will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Easley was born in Charleston to Alexander Pamplin and Estella Allen Easley. A 1950 graduate of Garnet High School, he received a B.S. degree in technical science building construction from West Virginia State College in 1956 and studied religion at Gammon Theological Seminary School in Atlanta, Ga. Easley retired as a full colonel after serving more than 23 years as a military chaplain, and was the first African-American colonel of the regiment of the United States Army Chaplain Corps. While in service, he was awarded two Bronze Stars. He also was chaplain at Clark Atlanta University in Georgia from 1980 to 2001.

Easley’s background includes not only military and theological experience, but also social service, civic and volunteer experience. He served as executive secretary of the Branch YMCA in Charleston; counselor of the Bethlehem Youth Center and program leader for Branch Gray-Y programs in Atlanta; and as a program leader drug/alcohol counselor facilitator at Christian Counseling Center in Kansas City, Mo. He was president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Therrell High School in Atlanta, and a member of the Center for Rehabilitation Technology at Georgia Tech, Churches Home Foundation, Youth Hope Builders Academy and Fulton Leadership Academy.

“The Block” was once considered the heart of Charleston’s black community. It comprised a 25-acre area bounded by Washington Street East, Capitol Street, Smith Street and Sentz Court.

For additional information about the Archives and History lecture series, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

Patrons may park behind the Culture Center after 5:30 p.m. on July 27 and enter the building at the back loading dock area. The bus turnaround is open, and handicapped spots are available there. Visitors parking there should enter at the front of the building.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is proud to be able to present its programs at no charge to the public but without a solution to the state’s budget situation, this could be the last year that programs of this type could be offered. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. It brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.​



Contact Information

For additional information about the Archives and History lecture series, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.