LEAD Open House Celebration

The Langston Education and Arts Development, Inc. is hosting an Open House with a Silent Auction fundraiser event on Friday, September 9, 2022 at the Langston Centre. Beginning at 7:00 pm will be a short program.

Donated items will be on display during the event and each item will be included in the silent auction. This is a great way to advertise and support the educational works at the Langston Center

Proceeds from the Silent Auction go directly to funding the After School programs at the Langston Centre. This event is only successful due to the generous support of those who believe in our mission.

Please RSVP HERE to join us or if you are interested to donate items for the silent auction.

For more information, please contact: Carla Forney, cforney3794@icloud.com, (423) 426-1044.

LEAD Board

Langston Centre Grand Opening

Please join us on November 17 from 2-5 pm for a ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate the grand opening of the newly renovated Langston Centre at 315 Elm St. in Johnson City, TN. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:15 pm with light refreshments and building tours to follow. For additional information, email cojcnews@johnsoncitytn.org or call 423.434.6021. […]

Langston Lives! is officially sold out!

We’re overwhelmed by the positive response to our unique storytelling event set for Saturday! We’ve sold all 100 seats available at the International Storytelling Center!

If you were planning to come, but haven’t yet purchased tickets, please send an email to leadlhs@gmail.com to let us know of your desire to attend. We’ll add your name to a waiting list and let you know if seats become available. We cannot guarantee tickets will be available at the door, and we don’t want you to be disappointed.

You also have an opportunity to interact with our featured guest Ms. Sheila Arnold during a free storytelling workshop planned for Saturday (2/16) morning. Ms. Arnold is a master storyteller who has years of experience instructing others in the art. She will certainly have lots of tips to share about using storytelling as a way to teach others about history.

Her workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Park Community Center, 510 Bert St., Johnson City, TN 37601. No registration is required, and the event is opened to all ages.

10 Days Left to Buy Tickets

You have 10 days left to buy your tickets for Langston Lives!, the unique storytelling event we’re hosting at the International Storytelling Center.

The venue can seat 100 people, and we’ve sold about half those seats. We know many folks like to wait til the last minute to buy tickets, but we encourage you not to do so. With a limited only number of tickets, you don’t want to be disappointed!

Buy tickets on Eventbrite or mail check made payable to LEAD to P. O. Box 111, Johnson City, TN 37605-0111.

Pre-Sale Tickets for Langston Lives! Now On Sale

For several months now, we’ve introduced you to notable alumni who have made a difference in the world using what they learned at Langston. Now we’re giving you a chance to meet some of these extraordinary people during a one-of-a-kind event set for mid-February.

The past will be brought to life during Langston Lives! Master storyteller Sheila Arnold will “become” notable Langston teachers and graduates. She’ll take on the personalities of some of the remarkable people who taught at and graduated from Langston High School. In this way, Ms. Arnold will convey the story and significance of Johnson City’s historic African-American high school.

For example, Ms. Arnold may give an impassioned sideline speech as legendary Coach Paul Christman, who led the school’s basketball and football teams to prominence and later became Science Hill’s first black coach. Or she may assume the personality of Dr. Hezekiah Hankal, the former slave and Johnson City alderman who founded Langston in 1893.

Langston Lives!, a gala featuring Ms. Arnold’s performance, “It Was Ours: Langston High School Through Memory’s Eye,” will be held Saturday, February 16 at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough. The event will feature a catered meal, delicious desserts and Ms. Arnold’s interpretive performance.

We’ll release many more event details as the date draws closer, but we wanted to make our supporters aware that tickets will be available during a special pre-sale event that starts TODAY! Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite at a reduced cost of $55 for individuals and $90 for couples. Prices will increase on Jan. 25, so act now to ensure the best value!

The event is being staged as a fundraiser to support LEAD’s efforts to develop a multicultural arts and education center in the school. If you or your business is interested in sponsoring the event, please send an email to leadlhs@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you on February 16!

One-of-a-Kind Event Set for February 16

We’re excited to announce a one-of-a-kind event coming next month! LEAD has partnered with Ms. Sheila Arnold, a master storyteller and historical interpreter, to create a unique portrayal of Langston High School’s history.

Langston Lives!, a gala featuring Ms. Arnold’s performance, “It Was Ours: Langston High School Through Memory’s Eye,” will be held on Saturday, February 16 at the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough.

Tickets for this special event go on sale Friday, so be looking for more details headed your way later this week!