DCC Events to Mark Black History Month

January 20, 2011 – A gospel concert, Kwanzaa celebration and dance exhibition are just a few of the events Dutchess Community College is offering to celebrate Black History Month. All activities will be held at DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus, 53 Pendell Rd., and are free and open to the public.

DCC’s celebration of Kwanzaa will serve as the Black History Month kickoff event. It will be held on Feb. 1 at 12:30 p.m. in Bowne Hall room 122. The college community will celebrate the seven principals of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self Determination, Creative Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

The gospel concert is scheduled for Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall, and will feature guest soloists, praise dancers and youth and adult choirs from local churches. Food will be served in the Ritz Lounge following the concert. The show has drawn standing-room-only crowds for the past few years.

The Cultural Dance Expressions performance is another popular event, scheduled for Feb. 19, 4 to 6 p.m., in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall. The show will incorporate both classic and modern dance genres. Dance troupes, teams and individuals will perform African, Caribbean, Liturgical, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and other popular styles.

The full list of DCC Black History Month activities is below and on the events calendar at www.sunydutchess.edu.

For more information, contact Yvonne Flowers, chairperson of the DCC Black History Month Committee, at (845) 431-8074 . 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
KWANZAA CELEBRATION
BOWNE HALL, ROOM 122

The college community will celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self Determination, Creative Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith. Food will be served following the celebration.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
LYCEUM – MANNING MARABLE, “REDISCOVERING MALCOLM X: A LIFE OF REINVENTION”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

Dr. Manning Marable is one of America's most influential and widely read scholars. Since 1993, Marable has been professor of Public Affairs, Political Science, History and African-American Studies at Columbia University. For 10 years he was founding director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies at the University. Under Dr. Marable's leadership, the Institute became one of the nation's most prestigious centers of scholarship on the black American experience

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 12:30 – 2 p.m. AND 7 – 8:30 p.m.
LYCEUM – “SAM COOKE, WHERE YOU BEEN BABY?”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

The performance is a new musical production of an original historical play by Michael Monasterial entitled, “Sam Cooke: Where You Been Baby?” It’s an American Pop Fable that illuminates the life and musical genius of an American original. The pop singer who wrote, performed and produced 24 Billboard hits over his eight years at the top of the charts was also a pioneer in the Civil Rights movement. Sam Cooke’s early years in Mississippi, his rise to fame and his demons that ultimately led to his untimely demise are explored in this drama, but it is well-seasoned with humor, pathos and most of all great, great music.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 7 – 8:30 p.m.
LYCEUM – HARRY BELAFONTE, “HEAR THE MUSIC”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

This drama/comedy/musical review is based on the great American entertainer and humanitarian Harry Belafonte and gives a historical context for his life and his place in mainstream music. With wonderful dialogue, timeless songs and strong educational value, the show has been performed for sold out houses and received frequent standing ovations. It stars actor/writer Candi Sterling, actor/vocal coach Brett Owen and Michael Monasterial (as Harry). Admission is free, but there will be a suggested $5 donation to the Lunchbox program at Dutchess Outreach.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 3 P.M.
ANNUAL GOSPEL CONCERT
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

The show will feature guest soloists, praise dancers and youth and adult choirs from local churches. Food will be served in the Ritz Lounge following the concert. (Snow date Feb. 20) For more information, call Deborah Porter, (845) 431-8049 .

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 12:30 -1:50 p.m.
POETRY JAM CAFÉ
GREENSPAN CAFETERIA, DRUMLIN HALL

The afternoon of performances will feature original work from DCC students in the Rap, Poetry, Music club, and a featured performance by one of Poughkeepsie’s finest poets, Bettina “Gold” Wilkerson.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 11 a.m.
FAMILY FESTIVAL – CRABGRASS PUPPET THEATRE, “ANANSI, SPIDERMAN OF AFRICA”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

A side-splitting selection of famous folktales from Africa starring Anansi the Spider, whose appetite always overrules his intellect. Anansi loves to eat and hates to work, so he tries to trick other animals out of their food. But there’s no free lunch for Anansi, because all of his schemes leave him hungrier than ever!

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 4 – 6 p.m.
CULTURAL DANCE EXPRESSIONS
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

The performance will incorporate dance genres old and new influencing those of African heritage living in America. African, Caribbean, Liturgical, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, STEP and popular moves will create an exciting and electric dance concert. The evening will be filled with performances by dance troupes, teams and individuals moving to tunes representing dance through the decades. All are invited. Free of charge. (Snow date is March 12.) For more information, contact Deborah Porter, (845) 431-8049 .

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 12:30 p.m.
PROSE AND SPIRITUALS
RITZ LOUNGE, DUTCHESS HALL

This annual event is a celebration of music and poetry contributions inspired by the African-American experience – both past and present. The performance includes vocal music by the DCC Choral Ensembles, under the direction of Elizabeth Gerbi. The readings will be performed by students selected by Rose Wiley and Angela Batchelor, English & Humanities instructors.

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 12, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
AFRICAN MARKET
DRUMLIN HALL

Vendors, food, hair products, jewelry and a performance by the DCC Step Team will be featured. For more information, call Carmen McGill, (845) 431-8017 .

 

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