Columbia College and the Columbia College Foundation are presenting "A Celebration of Black History" of the Mother Lode and the nation in January and February.
The exhibit will feature a display titled, "The Westward Quest for Freedom," which will provide information on California's black Gold Rush history and connections to the Underground Railroad — specifically highlighting ties to the Sierra Nevada foothills.
The exhibit will be open from Tuesday to Feb. 26 in the Columbia College Manzanita Building rotunda.
The community is invited to visit the exhibit or participate in activities, including an opening reception, tours and film series. Students in first through eighth grades can participate in an essay writing contest. All submissions will be reviewed based on composition, grammar and grade-appropriate writing techniques. One entry per student will be accepted through Feb. 16. Three winners will be selected from each grade level.
Also, a film series will be held at the Columbia College Manzanita Building Student Center on three Fridays during the exhibit's run.
Each showing will be held at 6:30 p.m. The Jan. 29 showing will feature "In The Heat of the Night"; Feb. 5, "The Great Debaters"; and the last of the series will be presented Feb. 19 with "Akeelah and the Bee." For more information, call 588-5115.