Concord University Announces Black History Month Events

For Immediate Release: 
Feb 03 2010

CONTACT: Greg Quick
Concord University
Interim Vice President for Advancement FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712 Feb. 4, 2010
Office: (304) 384-5318 -

Concord University Announces Black History Month Events

Athens, W.Va. - Concord University Director of Multicultural Affairs Nancy Ellison announces the following activities scheduled at Concord University in celebration of Black History Month, February 2010.

“We credit Black History Month to Virginia native Dr. Carter G. Woodson,” Ellison said. “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.”

The Kelly Bell Band will be performing on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the Subway at 9 p.m. The Kelly Bell Band is a Blues Band from Baltimore, Md. They perform original music and have earned the title of “Best Blues Band in the Mid-Atlantic Region” for 12 years running.

Comedian Ron G will be performing on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at the Subway at 9 p.m. Ron G has a commitment to clean humor and describes his comedy as “high energy and clever with an urban flare.” Ron G was a finalist on Bill Bellamy’s show Who’s Got Jokes and NBC’s Last Comic Standing.

Mike Wiley will be performing a one-man play, “One Noble Journey,” on Feb. 25, at 12:30 p.m. as part of Concord University’s Martin Luther King Celebration. The play is based on the miraculous true lives of three slaves who overcome seemingly insurmountable odds to gain a life free of southern shackles. Gripping from start to finish, Wiley becomes Henry “Box” Brown, a black slave who sees no alternative but to mail himself in a small crate to freedom. Brown’s life unfolds like a Mark Twain adventure, perilous and somber at times while humorous and heroic throughout. Willing students and adults join Wiley on stage quickly and quietly becoming characters propelling the historic action.

Dana Gilmore is a Slam Poet and will be performing on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Subway at 7 p.m. Dana has performed on Season’s 3 and 4 of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam. Gilmore’s poetry is clear-cut and real. She describes herself as “a down-to-earth girl with a dash of diva,” speaking passionately, yet practically about life’s adversities, as well as alternatives for dealing with those realities.