DCCC to Celebrate Black History Month with Special Guests, Performances

Jan 24, 2013 – Davidson County Community College will host a series of events on both the Davidson and Davie campuses to celebrate Black History Month, the month-long observation that serves as a remembrance of important people and events who are of African heritage.

“Black History Month is not only a celebration of the accomplishments of important African-Americans, but it’s also a celebration of history in the United States,” says Lynne Watts, director of Student Life and Leadership at DCCC. “We are honored to have these opportunities that offer a look into such rich heritage and history; it serves as a remarkable learning experience for our students.” 

The following events are scheduled:

·         “The Healing Force” will kick off the observance with “The Rhythm of the African Drums.” The event will be held from 11 a.m. until noon on Jan. 30 in the Conference Center on the Davidson Campus, and again from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 5 in Room 110 of the Administration Building on the Davie Campus. The performance is a celebration of African culture through storytelling and music.

·         “Heroes of the Underground Railroad” will be held from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in Room 110 of the Administration Building on the Davie Campus. The play is an inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable abolitionists and slaves from America’s Underground Railroad and provides a fundamental historical context of the time period while recreating the lives and work of several prominent heroes, including Harriet Tubman, Levi Coffin, Henry “Box” Brown, John Parker and Frederick Douglass.

·         “The Beast,” an indie hip-hop and progressive jazz quartet, will perform as part of the Campus Speaker Series. The event will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. on Feb. 26 in the Conference Center of the Davidson Campus. Led by Pierce Freelon, UNC-Chapel Hill professor, the group focuses on tracing the history of African-American music and performs pieces inspired by spirituals, blues, jazz and hip-hop music.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.