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Concord Schedules Events and Activities for Black History Month

Concord Schedules Events and Activities for Black History Month

Athens, W. Va. - During the month of February, our nation formally celebrates the many contributions African-Americans have made to our heritage. Dr. Carter G. Woodson, noted Black scholar and historian, initiated Black History Week on February 12, 1926. For many years, the second week of February (chosen so as to coincide with the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln) was celebrated in the United States. In 1976, as part of the nation's Bicentennial, Black History Week was expanded and became established as Black History Month, and now, the month of February is used to celebrate the many contributions African-Americans have made to our country.

“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,” stated Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs.

All events are at Concord College unless noted otherwise. Events are free unless noted otherwise.


Monday, February 9-Friday, March 5


Concord College is assembling an exhibition of recent work by a number of African American artists including Paul Andrew Wandless, Stephen M. Carter, Richard Buncamper, Bobby Scroggins, LeRoy Johnson, Althea Meade Hajduk, Keith Smith, Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Ellen E. Day, Barbara Hardaway, Carol White, Carl Pope, Arianne King Comer and others. The pieces are of differing media and include photography, clay, paintings and fiber.


Saturday, January 17, 9 p.m., Subway

The Magic of DeWayne Williams--This African-American magician will leave you spellbound after his spectacular performance.

Monday, January 19, 7 p.m., Main Theatre, Alexander Fine Arts Center

Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration--Elementary, middle, and high school students, as well as Concord College students will present their winning essays based on the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. The ConChords will offer a special musical tribute. Skilled storyteller and poet, Shindana Cooper, will deliver the keynote address, entitled “Martin and Me.”

Wednesday, January 21, 8 p.m., Alexander Fine Arts Center

Jabali Afrika from east Africa’s Kenya, is a truly multi-faceted group, with it’s own unique blend of fusion and African rhythms. Original compositions and traditional African melodies come alive on a wide variety of instruments, accompanied by vocal harmonies that form the foundation of modern rock, jazz, gospel, blues and more! Add talented dancing and choreography, topped off with stunning African tribal costumes and you will have a multicultural experience that will leave you enriched, educated and entertained.

Friday, January 23, 9 p.m. to Midnight, Carter Center

Lock-in Party--Sponsored by the Offices of Multicultural Affairs at Concord College and Bluefield State College, this event offers members from the International Club and Black Student Union from both colleges the opportunity to get acquainted and share their cultures.

Wednesday, February 4, 8 a.m., Alexander Fine Arts Center

Slave Art in the Americas--A lecture by Stephen M. Carter. Mr. Carter has his M.F.A. from Arizona State University and currently is associate professor of art at the University of Vermont.

Wednesday, February 4, 3 p.m., Alexander Fine Arts Center

History of African and Afro-American Art and Music--a lecture by Robert Farris Thompson. Mr. Thompson has a Ph.D. from Yale and is currently a professor at the same institution.

Wednesday, February 4, 7 p.m., Princeton Middle School (Princeton)

The year 2004 is the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark decision “Brown vs. Board of Education.” One of the Brown sisters involved in this case will present her story. This event is jointly sponsored by Concord College and Bluefield State College.

Monday, February 9, 7 p.m., College Center Ball Room

Stop the Hate in your Town Community Forum--A forum to discuss the causes and consequences of violence against individuals due to prejudice or bias. Panelists will share their experiences with intolerance and their vision for stopping the hate in the community. This event is sponsored in part by the West Virginia Hate Crimes Task Force.

Monday, February 9, 8 p.m., Alexander Fine Arts Center

West African drum and dance performed by Osubi Craig. Craig’s musical style is a fusion of traditional African rhythms layered with Afro-Cuban and Latin undertones as well as the jazz and R&B funk of the African-American culture. Dance, history and folklore will also be incorporated into the performance.

Admission prices are as follows: $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and $2 for non-Concord students. Concord College faculty, staff and students will be admitted free of charge. Students will need to present their valid college ID in order to be admitted for free.

Wednesday, February 18,1 p.m., Alexander Fine Arts Center

Award winning journalist and former Washington Post reporter, Patrice Gains, will share her life story of how she turned away from drugs and abusive relationships to become a confident journalist, author and speaker.

Saturday, February 21, 4 p.m., College Center Ball Room

Spaghetti Dinner--Join us for a delicious spaghetti dinner sponsored by Black Student Union. Musical entertainment and a play will be presented as you enjoy your meal. The grand finale will include a step performance by Nubian Pride.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information on this event, contact Diane Grych at 1-304-384-6077.

For more information on any Black History Month event, contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or


CONCORD COLLEGE NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5231 if special accommodations are required.