Black History Month Activities at CU

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 22 2006

Black History Month Activities at CU

Athens, W.Va. - Director of Multicultural Affairs, Nancy Ellison, announces the following activities scheduled at Concord University in celebration of Black History Month, February 2006.

"We credit Black History Month to Virginia native, Dr. Carter G. Woodson,” stated Mrs. Ellison. "Woodson was born to parents who had been slaves. Neither his mother nor father could read or write. Mr. Woodson had to work to earn money for the family and did not start school until later than most children. But, his motto was, β€˜It is never too late to learn.’ He became a high school teacher; and was sad to discover that none of the schools taught the history of black Americans. He started the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History to study the important things black people had accomplished and on February 19, 1926, Woodson established "Negro History Week.

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,” concluded Mrs. Ellison.

Thursday, February 2, 8 p.m.

Storyteller Shindana Cooper will be performing in the Student 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.

Thursday, February 9, 8 p.m.

Osubi Craig will be performing in the Student Center, SUBWAY stage. Craig is an accomplished drummer whose 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 African-American culture. In addition to drumming, his performance will also include elements of dance, history and folklore.

Friday, February 17, Noon, SUBWAY Stage

Chicken Gumbo for the Multicultural Soul: Hot, spicy and heartwarming stories about family and ethnic identity. Join Diane Grych and members of the Concord University Black Student Union as they share their own experiences through stories and poetry.

Tuesday, February 21, 8 p.m.

Ewabo, a Caribbean Steel Drum Trio will perform music from the islands in the Student Center SUBWAY stage. Featuring the steel drum known as "pan" in the islands of Trinidad and Tobago, Ewabo is considered one of the top steel orchestras in the United States.

Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25

A summit entitled "Dynamic Displays of Diversity" will be held at the University of Charleston. The summit kicks off on Friday with a step show and social. A guest speaker, educational sessions and a cultural exchange follow on Saturday. A group from Concord will be attending and any interested community members are invited to join. The deadline for registration is Thursday, February 9.

Sunday, February 26

A spaghetti dinner, sponsored by Concord University's Black Student Union, will be held in the Student Center Ballroom. Entertainment will be presented as you enjoy your meal. For ticket information and time, contact Diane Grych at 1-304-384-6077.

All events are free to the public unless noted otherwise. For more information, contact Mrs. Nancy Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 or


CONCORD UNIVERSITY NOTES: Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679, extension 6086 if special assistance or help is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.