Concord University News
For Immediate Release: 
Jan 26 2005

Black History Month Events and Activities at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - We owe the celebration of Black History Month, and more importantly, the study of black history, to Dr. Carter G. Woodson, a historian and education, born to parents who were former slaves. Woodson spent his childhood working in the Kentucky coalmines and enrolled in high school at age twenty. He graduated within two years and later went on to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard. In 1926, Woodson began promoting Negro History Week during the second week of February to celebrate the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass. In the 1960s, it became Black History Month.

“Here at Concord, we encourage the support of the university community to help us plan and celebrate this time-honored activity that was started decades ago,” said Nancy Ellison, director of multicultural affairs, “We have planned a variety of educational programs and activities that will appeal to a large audience.”

All events will be held on the Concord University campus and are free and open to the public unless noted otherwise.

A list of activities follows:

OUT OF THE MIST … A DRAGON will be performed in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center at Concord University on Tuesday, February 8 at 7 p.m. Wood & Strings Puppet Theatre brings a glimpse of the beauty and creativity achieved in the art of puppetry. Using elegant reproductions of the classic Bunraku puppets of Japan, a romantic drama unfolds that reaches into the world of myth and legend to portray a young man’s journey of self-discovery. His encounters with traditional folk puppets from North America, England and Indonesia give exotic glimpses of puppetry styles rarely seen in this country.

DUE NOW will perform at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, February 9 on the Subway Stage of the Student Center. This group was named one of Chicago’s top three up-and-coming bands, they’ve been seen on WGN and their music is heard regularly on WB’s new show “Silverlake.”

UP LATE WITH HIP HOP T’S will be held on Saturday, February 12 at 9 p.m. on the Subway Stage of the Student Center.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH SHOWCASE will be held on Monday through Friday, February 14 through 18 at noon in the Subway area of the Student Center. We invite you to enjoy your lunch each day as we present a variety of talented performers.

JONATHAN BURNS will perform on Wednesday, February 16 at 9 p.m. on the Subway Stage of the Student Center. Everyone is talking about this one-man-show. Jonathan combines original magic, comedy and sideshow stunts.

LEA will perform on Tuesday, February 22 at 9 p.m. on the Subway Stage of the Student Center. A Baltimore native, Lea was raised singing harmonies with her mother’s gospel quintet. Lea performs original songs described as a smooth combination of the “lyric frankness of Blues … the chordal and melodic complexity of Jazz … within the genre of Folk.”

HISTORY OF BLACK MUSIC will be held on Saturday, February 26 at 1 p.m. in the Student Center Ballroom. Presented by the Black Student Union, this event will include performances by members of BSU as well as a spaghetti dinner. Tickets may be purchased by calling 384-6077.

For more information, contact Ms. Ellison at 1-304-384-6086 or nellison@concord.edu.

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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.

PO BOX 1000, VERMILLION ST., ATHENS, WV 24712.