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DCC SETS BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

 

Mickey Mills Charles Alex-Zan Morgan McCoy

Mickey Mills

Charles Alex-Zan Morgan McCoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANVILLE, VA, January 31, 2014 - Danville Community College has planned a variety of events during February to celebrate Black History Month. The events include a look at African-American history, health awareness topics, dramatic presentation, steel production concert and the annual Gospel Extravaganza.

“This year’s celebration includes a full agenda of exciting events,” 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 2014 Schedule of Events for DCC’s Black History Month is as follows:

Saturday, February 1, 2014
“Stepping It Up!” featuring presentations by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, Halifax County’s Dynasty and other groups. Time: 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall, (Temple Building, Room 110). This show may not be appropriate for younger children.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
“Mickey Mills and Steel Production in Concert” Time: 11 a.m. Location: Student Center. Mickey Mills, a multi-talented entertainer, is a vocalist, songwriter, steel drum soloist and actor. He has been called "the fastest steel drum soloist on earth". Born and raised Port-of-Spain Trinidad, West Indies, Mickey Mills first started playing the steel drums at the age of 12 as a soloist with the Solo Harmonite Steel Orchestra. In 1970, he moved to New York where he worked with artists such as Mick Jagger, Ralph McDonald, The Mighty Sparrow, Johnny Mathis and Lord Kitchener. Mills cites Bob Marley as one of his major influences. Now living in Carrboro, NC, Mills continues his performances and also leads an educational program, entitled “Steel-A-Rama”, which he presents for school systems.


Thursday, February 13, 2014
“H.A.D. – Health Awareness Day” - Healthy Hearts wear red. Come by and be H.A.D.! Blood pressure checks, and Sickle Cell Anemia and body mass index testing will be offered by area health professionals. Also, vendors with information on health awareness topics will be available. Time: 10 a.m. – 2p.m., Location: Student Center.

“The Skin is Just the Cover!” will be presented by Charles Alexander, also known as “Mr. Alex-Zan.” Time: 12 noon. Location: Student Center. Charles Alexander, a native of Charlottesville, was an early trailblazer, being 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”. Alex-Zan shares his powerful story with a positive, interactive presentation that entertains, educates and motivates audiences of all ages, prompting people to call him, “Alex-Zan, The Info-tainer”, and the “Performing Teacher”.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
“Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” by Morgan Avery McCoy. Time: 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall, Temple Building. A powerful, educational, entertaining, enlightening 45-minute, one-woman drama that takes the audience on a journey throughout 12 women’s lives from the 1700’s in Africa to present day in America’s White House. This journey incorporates rich history, stories of love, and moments of joy and sorrow. Stories of women such as Phyllis Wheatley, Harriet Tubman, Maggie Walker, Madam C.J. Walker, Rosa Parks, Shirley Chisholm, Josephine Baker, and Michelle Obama are creatively told throughout this show. McCoy is a minister, actress, author, motivational speaker, and college professor whose life's mission is to A.C.T. (Advocate Change and Transformation).

Saturday, March 1, 2014
Annual Gospel Extravaganza. Time: 5 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building, Room 110). Come prepared for uplifting performances.

All of the events are open to the public and offered free of charge. For more information about the DCC 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 click here.

 

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