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Andrea J. Burney, APR

Director of  Public Relations

DCC SETS BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

 

Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP will discuss "Trailblazing".

Dr. Chris Ezell to present "The Essence of Jazz".

DANVILLE, VA. January 24, 2011 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. The events include a look at diversity, the region’s rich history, lecture on jazz, health awareness, black history trivia competition and the annual Poetry Café, Talent Show, and the Gospel Extravaganza.

The celebration kicks off Monday, February 1 at 11 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in Oliver Hall with Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP, an author and international speaker who will discuss the topic: ?Trailblazing: Using Diversity and Inclusion to Dissolve Barriers and Build Bridges.? Billings-Harris is a consultant who specializes in helping organizations make diversity and inclusion a competitive advantage. She is the author of The Diversity Advantage: A Guide to Making Diversity Work, and was named by Diversity Woman Magazine as one of the 20 top influential diversity leaders in the US. She is also a past president of the 4000 member National Speakers Association and is a Certified Professional Speaker.

Billings-Harris has worked with companies such as Proctor & Gamble, Ritz Carlton Hotels, FedEx, TGI Friday’s, Harley-Davidson, Toyota, West Point, and the CIA, as well as numerous professional associations. Additionally she serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, where she is conducting research on the impact of diversity and inclusion on organizational performance.

Billings-Harris' presentations will be highly interactive, non judgmental, fun and provide an opportunity for participants to discover their own level of knowledge and understanding of people different from themselves, and then apply the principles of inclusion to build relationships.

The Schedule of Events for DCC’s Black History Month is as follows:

Tuesday, February 1, 2011
“Shades of Africa: Cultural Awareness Day? – DCC students and staff kick off the celebration by wearing African-themed garments or those representing other cultures.

“Trailblazing: Using Diversity and Inclusion to Dissolve Barriers and Build Bridges? presented by Lenora Billings-Harris, CSP. Times: 11 a.m., and 5:30 p.m., Location: Temple Building, Oliver Hall. Book signing for Billings-Harris’ latest book, Trailblazers. Time: 4:45 – 5:30 p.m., Location: Temple Building, Room 108.

If the College is closed or on a delayed scheduled because of inclement weather, these events will be held on Thursday, Feb. 3.

Friday, February 4, 2011
D.R.E.A.M. - Dream, Recite, Enrich, Act, Music. Come join us for fashions, drumming, dancing, and presentations of culture by featured guests. Presenters will explore the cultural aspects of African Americans and their ancestors. Dr. Carl Amos, DCC Coordinator of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will perform Bette Midler’s version of the song, “Wind Beneath My Wings? using American Sign Language. Plus, there will be a “Shades of Africa? Fashion Extravaganza, Nguzo Saba African American Drum and Dance Co., and much more.   Time: 6 p.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). If the College is closed or on a delayed scheduled because of inclement weather, this event will be held on Friday, Feb. 11.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Walking Back in History features highlights of the Danville area and the project, “Mapping of Local Knowledge  1945 – 75,? plus displays of African-American history.  Special Guests:  Emma Edmunds of the University of Virginia, and businessman James Peters Jr. Come and learn more about the communities around you. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, Feb. 10.


Monday, February 14, 2011
“H.A.D. – Health Awareness Day? - Healthy Hearts wear Red and come by and be H.A.D.! Come by for Blood Pressure checks, and Sickle Cell Anemia Testing. The Bloodmobile will be on site, and information on health awareness will be available. Time:10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Location: Student Center. If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, Feb. 17.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011
“The Essence of Jazz? - Presentation on the elements of Jazz and the role it plays within the celebration of African-American History and Culture by Dr. Chris Ezell, Vice President of Academic and Student Services. Time: 11a.m. Location: Student Center. If the College is closed or on a delayed schedule because of inclement weather, event will be Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011.

Friday, February 18, 2011
Poetry Café - Monologues, spoken word, and both original and traditional African-American poetry are all on the menu and will be presented by DCC students, employees and invited community guests. The Small Town Orchestra, featuring musicians
Ike Schoefield, Frank Schoefield and Darrell McLean, will provide musical entertainment. Please come have a sip of coffee or tea in the café and enjoy the poetry. Time: 6 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Black Heritage Trivia Game includes teams of five from DCC student clubs and organizations competing in a trivia-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. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Thursday, February 24, 2011
Talent Showcase – Danville Community College students will showcase their varied talents. Come; join us to see who reigns supreme. It is sure to be an exciting event. Time: 11 a.m., Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). Note: Auditions will be held on Monday, February 21, 3 – 5 p.m. (Wyatt Building Conference Room).

Friday, February 25, 2011
Gospel Extravaganza, featuring the DCC Gospel Choir and the Bennett College Bells of Harmony. Be prepared for an uplifting celebration of music. Come early to get a good seat. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

All of the events are offered free of charge and are open to the public. For more information about the DCC Black History Month events, and/or to arrange seating for large groups (of 10 or more), contact Joan Tarpley-Robinson, at 434.797.8554, Alice Walker, 434.797.8419, or 
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