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DCC Sets 2013 Black History Month Events

 

Kenya Safari Acrobats Charles Alexander - Alex Zan Dr. Otis Alexander Cyrus Art Production
The Kenya Safari Acrobats Charles "Alex Zan" Alexander Dr. Otis Alexander

Cyrus Art Production

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANVILLE, VA. January 28, 2013 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. Using the theme “A Celebration of History and Culture,” the events include historical discussions, an acrobatic performance, health awareness, book review, and the annual gospel extravaganza.

“We are very excited about this year’s line up,” says Alice Walker, Financial Services Specialist and Coordinator of this year’s Black History Month Planning Committee. “Our goal was to offer a variety of events to appeal to many people.”

The schedule of events for DCC’s Black History Month is as follows:

Friday, February 1, 2013
“Middle Passage” is presented by Cyrus Art Production LLC. This presentation offers a look back at African-American history through dance, spirituals, and the civil rights movement. Directed by Duane Cyrus, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a former member of both Alvin Ailey and Martha Graham dance companies, this group brings a diverse and fluid cultural perspective to its audiences, providing an experience that goes beyond the limitations of one specific medium or art form to create a community for truthful expression. Cyrus holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from the Juilliard School and an Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Friday, February 8, 2013
“LOST IN AFRICA”, featuring the Kenya Safari Acrobats, is a spectacle for the eyes, ears, and the heart. The presentation includes death defying stunts, comedy, audience participation and a heart-pounding musical production that will have all ages on the edge of their seat. “Lost in Africa” features many amazing stunts that have never been seen in North America, including the Bed of Nails, High-flying Jump Rope, Human Pyramids, Contortion, Chair Stacking, and much more. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110).

Thursday, February 14, 2013
“H.A.D. – Health Awareness Day” - There will be blood pressure checks, Sickle Cell Anemia trait testing and other health checks available. Also, there will be venders on site with information about health awareness. Time: 10 a.m. – 1p.m., Location: Student Center.

Thursday, February 21, 2013
“The Skin is Just the Cover!” will be presented by Charles Alexander, also known as “Mr. Alex-Zan.” Alexander, a native of Charlottesville, was one of the dozen African-American students known as the “Charlottesville 12” who desegregated Virginia schools in 1959. Their story is featured in the Public Broadcasting Service documentary “Locked Out: The Fall of Massive Resistance”. Alexander shares his powerful story with a positive, interactive presentation that entertains, educates and motivates audiences of all ages, prompting some to call him, “Alex-Zan, the Info-tainer”. Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 noon. Location: Student Center.

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Review: Library of Congress - Treatment of the African-American Experience, presented by Dr. Otis D. Alexander. Through discussions and exhibits, Dr. Alexander will guide you through this experience and provide information on the experiences documented.. Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Friday, March 1, 2013
The annual Gospel Extravaganza will feature the North Carolina Central University Gospel Choir and praise dancers, and the DCC Gospel Ensemble, under the direction of Roland McLaughlin. Prepare for an uplifting celebration of music.

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 DCC’s Black History Month events, and/or to arrange seating for large groups (of 10 or more), please contact Alice Walker, at 434.797.8419, or email: or click here.

 

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