FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Andrea J. Burney, APR
Director of Public Relations
DCC Sets 2013 Black History Month Events
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
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
Prepare for an uplifting celebration of music.
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
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