Concord Announces Activities for Black History Month
Athens, W.Va. - Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, announces the following activities scheduled at Concord College in celebration of Black History Month, February 2003.
Monday, January 20, 7 p.m.: The Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar Essay Awards Presentation will be held in the Main Theater of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Elementary, middle and high school along with Concord College students will present their winning essays based on Martin Luther King, Jr.: The Man, The Movement, The Legacy. A special performance of King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech will be given by Arley Johnson. This event is sponsored by a grant from the Higher Education Policy Commission. The performance is free to the general public.
Thursday, January 23, 8 p.m.: The Turtle Island String Quartet will take the stage in the H.C. Paul Theatre. These performers strike a balance between the emotional immediacy associated with improvised jazz and the brilliant conceptualization of classical music. This event is sponsored by the Concord College Artist-Lecture Series. Tickets are $5 general public, $4 senior citizens, $2 non-Concord students.
Monday, February 3, 9 p.m.: Slam poet, Kirk Nugent, will be on the College Center SUBWAY stage. (Slam poets evoke very intense and emotional responses from their audiences; this performance is not appropriate for young children.) Hard hitting and thought provoking, Kirk Nugent has been performing poetry and touching people’s lives all across the U.S. for four years and is a favorite among college students. He was Captain of the 1999 Nuyorican National Slam team and coach of the 2000 Nuyorican National Team. He recently released his first CD, the Unpopular Truth. This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Committee. The performance is free to the public.
Wednesday, February 5, 1 p.m.: Comedian, author, activist, philosopher, anti-drug crusader, Dick Gregory is all these things--a unique and complex man on whom it is difficult to pin a label. In the 1960s Gregory found his outspoken humor to be an expedient avenue for getting people’s attention. He then shifted gears to participate in the Civil Rights Movement and efforts for world peace, against hunger and drugs, and on behalf of American Indians. His lecture is entitled “For People” will be given in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. This event is sponsored by the Concord College Artist-Lecture Series. The performance is free to the general public.
Wednesday, February 12, 9 p.m.: “Anika Bentley” will be performing in the SUBWAY, College Center. This mother-daughter group performs original music that combines close harmonies with unique vocals. This event is sponsored by the Student Activities Committee, and is free to the general public.
Monday, February 17, 8 p.m.: The Vienna Choir Boys will perform in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. For more than five centuries, the Vienna Choir Boys have enchanted millions with their unique charm and exceptionally beautiful singing. Each concert features a broad range of sacred and secular works, including waltzes and polkas. This event is sponsored by the Concord College Artist-Lecture Series. Tickets are $5 general public, $4 senior citizens, $2 non-Concord students.
Tuesday, February 25, 9:30 a.m., 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.: ANANSE! Early in the Day will be presented by Wood & Strings Theatre in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Ananse the Spider, trickster of the Ashanti folklore, witnesses the early day when animals and life are new. Sharing comical adventures with Jjapa the Turtle, and dozens of other characters, he leaves his mischievous mark on life, “as the story goes.” Drawing inspiration from the music, masks, costumes, carvings and oral traditions, this production brings to the stage the vibrant splendor and magic of West Africa through the use of puppets. A special 9:30 a.m. performance will be given for area school groups. At 6 p.m. a workshop that involves creating your own puppet and instruction on creatively using puppets in education will be held for area teachers and college students. At 8 p.m. a second performance of ANANSE! Early in the Day will be given. The performances and workshop are free to the public. School groups who wish to attend the 9:30 a.m. performance are asked to make reservations by calling 1-304-384-6086. These performances are sponsored by the McNair Scholars Program and the Office of Housing and Residence Life of Concord College. They are free to the general public. Children are encouraged to attend.
“Through the collaboration of faculty, staff and students we have planned a variety of educational programs and activities that will appeal to a large audience,” commented Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs.
For more information call Ms. Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.