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Concord Hosts a Wide Variety of Artists in Celebration of Black History Month

Concord Hosts a Wide Variety of Artists in Celebration of 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 2002.

“We credit Black History Month to Virginia native, Dr. Carter G. Woodson,” stated Ms. Ellison. “Dr. Woodson founded Negro History Week, which later became Black History Month to honor the roles of blacks in American History. He felt it was important to hold the event in February because Frederick Douglas and Abraham Lincoln were both born in February. Here at Concord, 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.”

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30, 9:00 p.m.: African Resurrection will perform in the Alexander Fine Arts Center Main Theater. African Resurrection is a West African dance company that reinforces African culture in the United States through singing, theater, African dance and African drum. Nai Zou Oliver, Malaika Cooper and Gole Vincent founded African Resurrection in Baltimore in 1999. The performance is free to the public.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 9:00 p.m.: Comedian Kivi Rogers will perform in the College Center, SUBWAY stage. Gifted with a quick wit, a thousand voices, and a knack for mischief, Kivi's stage was set early for a career in entertainment. He has showcased at the HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, landed a development deal with Castle Rock Entertainment for his own show, filmed Romy and Michelle, and guest-starred in season premiers of ABC's Home Improvement and Soul Man. He was featured on the HBO special Not Necessarily the Elections with Dennis Miller and has performed at A&E's Evening at the Improv. Recently Kivi appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and NBC's Friday Night. Kivi was a standout at the 2001 National Association of Campus Activities national convention and was one of the top requested acts out of approximately 75 performers. The performance is free to the public.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 9:00 p.m.: Slam poet, Kirk Nugent, will be in 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 is the 1999 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam Champion. Born and raised in Kingston, Jamaica, Kirk, affectionately known as the “people's poet” migrated to the United States in 1983. Nugent has been performing poetry and touching people's lives all across the U.S. for three years and is a favorite among college students. He was the Captain of the 1999 Nuyorican National Slam Team and coach of the 2000 Nuyorian National Team. He recently released his first CD, the Unpopular Truth. The performance is free to the public.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 8:00 p.m.: Storyteller Shindana Cooper will be performing in the College Center, SUBWAY stage. Stimulating awareness of Africa and African-American communities, she perpetuates the centuries old tradition of oral history. She takes her audience from a small African village, through the middle passage (term used to describe the trip made by slaves from Africa to America), and from life on the plantation to a safe house on the Underground Railroad. Her characters include Sojourner Truth, Mary McLeod and Harriet Tubman. The performance is free to the public.

In addition to Ms. Ellison, committee members include: Professor of Education Diane Grych, College Center Director Bill Skeat, Resident Director Susan Martin, and students Renada Crawford, Bluefield, W.Va.; Kim Williams, Manchester, Jamaica; Gina Nelson, Accra, Ghana, West Africa; Nusrah Wali, Sokoto, Nigeria and Jennifer Patrom, Washington, D.C.

For more information call Ms. Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 or e-mail


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 these events.