Black History Month Activities at Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 14 2009

CONTACT: Nancy Ellison, Director of Multicultural Affairs

Black History Month Activities at Concord University
Athens, W.Va. – In celebration of Black History Month, Concord University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Student Activities Committee will host a wide variety of programs and activities beginning at the start of the spring semester and continuing through the month of February. All events are free and open to the public.

The following events have been scheduled:

Monday, February 2, 9 p.m., Student Center Subway stage; Black Jew Dialogues
What's so funny about two American minorities that have slavery, the KKK, and chicken livers in common? That's what you'll find out in this extraordinary two-actor play on the history and absurdity of prejudice and racism within the context of the American Black-Jew experience. The Black Jew Dialogues combines fast-paced sketches, improvisations, and multi-media to create a show that has gained praise across the U.S. and the U.K.

Wednesday, February 4, 1 p.m., Main Theater, Alexander Fine Arts Auditorium. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration with speaker, Xernona Clayton
Ms. Clayton was employed at Turner Broadcasting for nearly 30 years where she served as a corporate executive. In 1988, she was appointed corporate vice president for urban affairs with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. In this capacity, she directed internal and external projects for the Corporation, and served as liaison between Turner Broadcasting (TBS SuperStation, CNN, Headline News, TNT, Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks) and civic groups in Atlanta and across the country. As a corporate executive, Ms. Clayton was one of the highest-ranking female employees in Turner Broadcasting System. Xernona moved to Atlanta in 1965 where she accepted a position with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and worked closely with the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ms. Clayton also traveled extensively with Mrs. Coretta Scott King on her nationwide concert tours.

Tuesday, February 10, 8 p.m., Student Center Subway stage; Regency, a five-man a cappella group from Baltimore, Maryland

Sunday, February 15, 4 p.m., Student Center Stateroom; Black Student Union dinner and program entitled “The African-American Freedom Struggle.” Contact Terri Philpott for dinner reservations and information. Ms. Philpott’s telephone number is 304-384-5282.

Tuesday, February 17, 8 p.m., Student Center Subway stage; Wastelandic Paradise presents Bessie’s Blues
Based on the life and music of blues legend, Bessie Smith, this journey will transport audiences back in time to the early twenties and mid-thirties. It touches not only on the music of the day but also the racial climate of the country and some of the colorful language in use at that time. Bessie Smith is still referred to by many as the “greatest blues singer of all time.”

Thursday, February 26, 9 p.m., Student Center Subway stage; Preacher Moss (End of Racism Tour)
Preacher Moss is clearly the new prototype for the comedian of these times and the times to come. A writer for "The Damon Wayans Show" and "Saturday Night Live," his comedy style is distinguished for being sculptured out of the everyday relevance of life and the rare glimpses of truth we value as reality. He is intellectual, yet humble. He is charismatic and dynamic, but does not have to demand great attention or time because his audiences come to cooperatively listen, laugh and in "special" moments, reflect.

Saturday, February 28, 1 p.m., Main Theatre Alexander Fine Arts Auditorium; Celebration of Black Gospel Music
Black choirs compete for cash prizes.


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.