Reinhardt College invites the community to enjoy events commemorating Black History Month on the Waleska campus during February 2007. The varied offerings will showcase the rich history and cultural heritage of African Americans in "The Blue & Gray in Black & White" - a concert of Civil War music and history on February 1; Dining with Historic Soul, which celebrates African-American contributions to American music, on February 13; and Intensity Game Show on February 23, 2007.
Reinhardt Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities Walter P. May describes the events as a "full slate. Black History Month will remind us of the past, as well as encourage us for the future," May said. "These activities will inspire, entertain and educate. I know the community, as well as our students, faculty and staff, will enjoy taking part."
In "The Blue & Gray in Black & White," James "Sparky" Rucker and Rhonda Rucker tell Civil War stories through music and narrative. Some stories are humorous; others are sad. Mr. Rucker, a former public school teacher, weaves music into captivating stories that the history books don't always tell. A leading folklorist and author, he has been singing songs and telling stories for more than 40 years. Ms. Rucker began taking piano lessons from a ragtime player at age 4. She also adds sweet-sounding vocal harmonies, a mean, gutsy blues harmonica, old-time banjo and rhythmic bones to the memorable presentation. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center on February 1. Tickets are $17 for adults; and $12 for seniors (55 and older) and children (age 12 and younger). For tickets, call the Falany Performing Arts Center box office at (770) 720-9167, or visit www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.
Dining with Historic Soul begins at 4:30 p.m. in the Gordy Center on February 13. This rollicking musical adventure starts with the sophisticated sounds of jazz. Then audiences remember the humor in American music through the blues. In the origins of Rock and Roll, audiences will celebrate the musical genius of Little Richard, Chuck Berry and Ray Charles. Up next are rhythm and blues, Motown, and disco. Persons interested in dining in the Gordy Center during this special event will pay a nominal fee of $5 per person (children 6-12 years old pay $4.50). For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 770-720-5540.
The Intensity Game Show on February 23 will test participants' knowledge of African and African-American trivia. Full audience participation is expected. The event begins at 9 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center Concert Hall. For more information, call the Office of Student Activities at 770-720-5540.
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