R. Abayomi Goodall (from left), an African dance and drumming instructor, also known as "Sister Yomi," instructs Haley Waldrop, a Reinhardt senior from Canton, Ga., on keeping a rhythm. Reinhardt will offer a variety of events this February in celebration of Black History Month, including an African dance and drumming workshop featuring Goodall on Feb. 23 from 2-4 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse.
Celebrate Black History Month in February 2009 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 will be a big year for Black History Month at Reinhardt," explains Becky Cavender, 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 an Uplifting Musical Performance
Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will start off the month-long celebration with the delivery of an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history and tall tales. The duo takes the audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale and witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, cowboy music, railroad songs and a few original compositions.
Catch the Sparky and Rhonda Rucker show on Monday, February 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Falany Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $20 for adults; and $16 for seniors (55 and older) and children. For tickets, call the Performing Arts Center box office at (770) 720-9167 or visit www.reinhardt.edu/fpac.
Show Off Your Word Talent
Have a way with words? Show off your talent at a Slam Poetry Contest on Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 6 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse of the Hasty Student Life Center. Poets from Atlanta will be performing and later judging your poetry. All are invited to participate and watch words come alive. Winners will be announced at the end of the night and will take away some fabulous prizes.
Savor Southern Soul Food
Sample delicious Southern Soul Food on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. in Reinhardt's Gordy Center Dining Hall. Lunch is $5.50 per person. The menu includes: Fried Chicken, Fried Fish and Baked Fish, BBQ Spareribs, Southern Style Greens, Green Beans, Rainbow Corn, Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Sweet Glazed Yam, Mashed Potatoes, Corn Bread, Hop And John (Rice), Potato Salad and Macaroni Salad. For more information, contact the Gordy Dining Hall at 770-720-5611.
Catch a Comedic Show
Need a good laugh? Comedian Preacher Moss will entertain crowds on Thursday, Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. in the Bannister Glasshouse of the Hasty Student Life Center. A writer for "The Damon Wayans Show" and "Saturday Night Live," his comedy stylings are distinguished for being sculptured out of the everyday relevance of life and the rare glimpses of truth we value as reality. Armed with sincerity, intellect and rare comedic ability, Preacher Moss is the "End of Racism" Comedy and Lecture Tour. "Speaking on Truth," Moss has been playing to the hearts and minds of college students and administrators all over the country. With his insight on "racial understanding vs. racial interaction," he has quickly become the funniest social commentator on the college scene today.
Moss has a notable list of television appearances including: BET Comic View, Comedy Central, Politically Incorrect, Nightline (ABC), and he has performed with many artist greats including Maya Angelou, WAR, George Lopez, Darryl Hammond and Chris Farley.
Participate in an Interactive Workshop
An interactive workshop will encourage you to find your own African rhythm. Join Yomi Goodall in the Bannister Glasshouse of the Hasty Student Life Center on Monday, Feb. 23 from 2- 4 p.m. as she teaches the basics of African drumming and traditional African dance techniques. Through music, singing, clapping and dancing, you can participate emotionally, spiritually and physically in the act of learning joy and sorrow of the African heritage. Stay and participate in the entire workshop or watch as your friends learn. If you plan to participate, please wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
For more information on Black History Month, please contact Cavender at 770-720-9238 or RMC@reinhardt.edu.
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