Althea Michaels, seated at center, was the guest speaker at a black history outreach program sponsored by Contemporary School for the Arts & Gallery. She talked to young people at Noland Community Center about growing up in the South in a segregated society. She told them about going to an all-black school and having to use separate water fountains and restrooms. She joined the U.S. Army and became a nurse during World War II, a period when the armed forces were still segregated. She also played women's basketball when that sport was segregated as well. Michaels was escorted to the program by Julie Fitz of Winter Street Elementary School. The arts school also presented black history programs at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Recreation Center and the Elgin Park and Frederick Street community centers during September.