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DCC SETS BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS


 
Darrel McLean and Small Town Orchestra Dr. Lawrence Clark   Miss Black Virginia Crystal Bailey
       

DANVILLE, VA. January 22, 2009 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. The celebration kicks off February 2 with “A Touch of Africa – Cultural Awareness Day? and continues throughout the month with a variety of activities.

The activities include a look at the African-American Experience through Literature; African Americans in the Fine and Lively Arts; Annual Step Show; Poetry Café; Storytelling; African Drumming and Dance; Gospel Fest, and a discussion of Race Relations and African Americans in Danville. In addition, there will be an African-American History Challenge game, featured movies throughout the month, and the Annual Sickle Cell Anemia Trait Testing and Fundraising Drive.

“This year’s celebration includes something for everybody. We have a full agenda utilizing almost every day of the month,? says Bethann James, Coordinator of Alliance for Excellence and Neighborhood Initiatives and this year’s Black History Month Planning Committee Chair. “Our planning committee included students, faculty, staff, and administrators, and our goal was to offer a variety of events to appeal to many people.?

James adds that all events are offered free of charge and are open to the public. The schedule is as follows:


Monday, February 2, 2009:
“A Touch of Africa – Cultural Awareness Day? – DCC students and staff kick off the celebration by wearing African-themed garb. The African-American Cultural Club will also have items for sale in observance of Black History Month.

Movie: A featured movie, “CNN: Black in America? series, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Tuesday, February 3, 2009:
“Looking Back on Danville: A Conversation with Dr. Lawrence Clark? – Clark, former Associate Provost and retired Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University, has compiled local history throughout the years, and will discuss race relations and the growth of African Americans in Danville. A Danville native, Clark joined the faculty at NC State in 1974 where he created the chancellor’s African-American Community Advisory Council and helped establish the African-American Cultural Center. NC State’s annual L.M. Clark Lecture is named in his honor. Clark is a graduate of Virginia State University, with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics education both from the University of Virginia. Clark has served on the faculties at Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, and Florida State University. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Movie: A featured movie, “Freedom Song,? directed by Phil Alden Robinson, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Thursday, February 5, 2009:
Apollo Talent Show: Round One - The first of three preliminary rounds in the talent contest modeled after New York’s famed Apollo Theater is scheduled. DCC students will showcase their talents, and based on positive audience reaction will continue to the second round. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Annual Poetry Café - Enjoy an evening of poetry, including readings of both original and traditional African-American poetry by DCC students, employees and invited community guests. Light refreshments provided in coffee house atmosphere. Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Location: Temple Building, Rooms 108 & 109.

Monday, February 9, 2009:
Movie: A featured movie, “Lackawanna Blues,? directed by George C. Wolfe, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Tuesday, February 10, 2009:
African-American History Challenge includes teams from DCC student clubs and organizations competing in a Jeopardy-like contest to see who knows the most about African-American history and culture. Prizes will be awarded to the clubs and members. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Wednesday, February 11, 2009:
Movie: A featured movie, “The Color Purple,? directed by Steven Spielberg, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Thursday, February 12, 2009:
Apollo Talent Show: Round Two - The second of three preliminary rounds in the talent contest modeled after New York’s famed Apollo Theater is scheduled. DCC students will showcase their talents, and based on positive audience reaction will continue to the third round. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Friday, February 13, 2009:
African Americans in the Fine and Lively Arts – Prepare for an evening of spectacular music and dance as DCC brings performances representing the many faces of African Americans in the Arts, including Darrel McLean and Small Town Orchestra, soloist Donna Redd, dancer Niki Harris and musician Xelia B. Hickson, all of Danville. A highlight of the evening will be a performance by Miss Black Virginia Crystal Bailey, a 24 year-old Dinwiddie County resident. Bailey received her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Howard University in 2006 and is currently a third-year student at The College of William & Mary School of Law. The performances will be followed by a “gallery opening? featuring a display of African-American artwork.. Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). Note: Gallery Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; and 8:30 – 9 p.m.

Monday, February 16, 2009:
Sickle Cell Anemia Trait Testing and Fundraising Drive will be conducted for students and the community. Sickle Cell Anemia is a hereditary blood disorder that affects mostly people of African ancestry, but also occurs in other ethnic groups, including people who are of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent. This annual event is jointly sponsored by the African-American Culture Club, the Danville-Pittsylvania County Sickle Cell Anemia Association and local volunteer nurses. Location: Temple Building, Main Hallway.

Movie: A featured movie, “The Family That Preys Together,? directed by Tyler Perry, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Tuesday, February 17, 2009:
Apollo Talent Show: Round Three - The final preliminary round in the talent contest modeled after New York’s famed Apollo Theater is scheduled. DCC students will showcase their talents, and based on positive audience reaction will continue to the finals. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Wednesday, February 18, 2009:
Movie: A featured movie, “Kingdom Come,? directed by Doug McHenry, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Thursday, February 19, 2009:
“Just Hot Air? - a presentation by Dr. Otis Alexander, Director of the Danville Public Library. The presentation focuses on American Folk literature with emphasis on the works of Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Georgia Douglass Johnson, and a few little-known writers of the Reconstruction Era. Alexander studied at Ball State University, Oberlin Conservatory of Music Voice Performance Pedagogy, International University for Graduate Studies in St. Kitts, West Indies, Harvard Graduate School of Education Leadership Institute, and Southeastern University. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Friday, February 20, 2009:
Gospel Choir Fest, featuring the DCC Gospel Ensemble, under the direction Sandy Saunders. Other area community college choirs performing include Virginia Western Community College and Patrick Henry Community College Gospel Choirs, along with special guests Praise Dancer Renee Hughes and Minister Antonio Fitzgerald and The Chosen Generation, all of Danville. Be prepared for an uplifting celebration. Time: 7 – 9 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Monday, February 23, 2009:
Movie: A featured movie, "CNN, Black in America? series, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Tuesday, February 24, 2009:
African Storytelling: Baba Jamal Koram. He brings his entertaining works to DCC. Koram is a practitioner and teacher of the African-American Spoken Word Traditions. Baba Jamal, who holds Master’s and Educational Specialist degrees, has been featured at the National Storytelling Festival, the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian museums, the National Black Storytelling Festival, regional festivals and schools nationwide. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

African Storytelling: Nguzo Saba African Drum and Dance Company of Danville, VA and Baba Jamal Koram. Join Nguzo Saba and Baba Koram as they continue to relate amazing African folklore with spirited dance performances. Nguzo Saba includes adults and children performing a variety of selections including West African and American Drumming and Dance. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Wednesday, February 25, 2009:
Movie: A featured movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness,? directed by Gabriele Muccino, will be shown throughout the day. Location: The Castle Day Room (EIT Building).

Thursday, February 26, 2009:
Apollo Talent Show: Finale - The finals are here. See who advances as the most talented in the contest modeled after New York’s famed Apollo Theater Show. It is sure to be an exciting event. Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Friday, February 27, 2009:
Annual Step Show offers a repeat performance of this successful and much-talked about event. Featured are area colleges’ Greek sororities and fraternities. Come early and get a good seat. (Please note this event may not be suitable for children under age 12). Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

For more information about the Black History Month Events at DCC, and/or to arrange seating for large groups, contact Bethann James, Coordinator of Alliance for Excellence and Neighborhood Initiatives, at 434.797.8441, or click here.

 

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