Celebrate Black History Month in February 2008 at Reinhardt College. From speakers and performers to workshops and traditional Southern foods, the College will host a variety of events that honor the rich history and cultural heritage of African-Americans.
"This is the biggest year for Black History Month at Reinhardt," explains Becky Doebler, Reinhardt's student activities coordinator. "Black History Month is about remembering roots and celebrating differences, and with so many exciting events planned throughout the month, we believe we are able to provide this to the Reinhardt Community."
Experience a Performance of Slave Songs, Games and Dances
A performance by The Georgia Sea Island Singers on Thursday, Jan. 31, will start off the month-long celebration. The group, led by Frankie Sullivan Quimby, seeks to preserve the African-American culture, customs and the songs of the Gullah language spoken on the isolated islands of the Georgia Coast. The Quimby family has performed songs and traditions documented by Lydia Parrish in her 1942 book Slave Songs of the Georgia Sea Islands for audiences all over the world. The program begins at 8 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center (FPAC). Tickets are $15 for adults; and $10 for seniors (55 and older), students and Reinhardt faculty and staff. For tickets, call the Performing Arts Center box office at (770) 720-9167, or visit www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.
Two interactive workshops will encourage participants to find their own African rhythm. Join Yomi Goodall in the Hasty Student Life Center Glasshouse on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 12:30- 2 p.m. as he teaches the basics of African drumming. Bring your own African drum or use one that Goodall provides. Learn traditional African dance techniques on Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 12:30- 2 p.m. in the Glasshouse. Through music, singing, clapping and dancing, you can participate emotionally and physically in the art of African dancing. Bring your comfortable dancin' shoes!
"After the Conversation -- Next the Discussion," a presentation by J.L. King, on Monday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the Glasshouse, will address topics including sexuality, sexual health and HIV/AIDS awareness. King has spoken to thousands of college students from all over the county and has made television guest appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show, PBS, CNN, The Discovery Network, and more than 80 national news shows.
Three different religions will be represented in a Religious Panel on Tuesday, Feb. 19, from 6-7:30 in the Glasshouse. Imam Plemon T. El-Amin (Islam), Reginald Finley (Atheism), and Rev. M.G. McGill (Christianity) will speak and respond to questions about their beliefs and how those beliefs affect their sense of belonging in the Black community.
Sample delicious Southern Soul Food on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Reinhardt's Gordy Dining Hall. The menu includes: fried chicken, pork ribs, ham hocks, catfish, greens, stuffed mashed potato bake, black-eyed peas, corn, Hoppin' John, cornbread, and sweet potato pie. Prices are: $5.25 for the public and $2.25 for faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact the Gordy Dining Hall at 770-720-5611.
Throughout February, the Hill Freeman Library and Spruill Learning Center on the Waleska campus will feature a book display of literary works about important Black leaders and visionaries.
For more information on Black History Month, please contact the Office of Student Activities at 770-720-5540.
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