DCC Events to Mark Black History Month

January 20, 2012 – A gospel concert, Kwanzaa celebration and Freedom Riders event are just a few of the activities Dutchess Community College is offering to celebrate Black History Month. All activities will be held at DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus 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 Jan. 31 at 12:30 p.m. in Dutchess Hall, room 101. The college community will celebrate the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self Determination, Creative Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

A lyceum presentation, “Freedom Now and Then,” will feature Rev. LeRoy Glenn Wright and his son, pastor Clarence E. Wright. In 1961, LeRoy Glenn Wright participated in the Freedom Rider movement, a grass-roots organization of young people riding buses in between Montgomery, Ala. and Jackson, Miss. to test whether or not a Supreme Court decision desegregating all interstate public facilities would be enforced. Clarence E. Wright is a missionary and musician. In addition, a candle-lit march will be held Feb. 16 to honor the work of the Freedom Riders. The march will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of DCC’s Daycare Center and end in Dutchess Hall for a Freedom Riders forum and film.

The gospel concert is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall, and will feature praise dancers and youth and adult choirs from local churches. Guest soloists will include former Atlantic Starr singer and songwriter David Lewis and former model Marian Lewis. 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. 18, 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 Angela Batchelor, chairperson of the DCC Black History Month Committee, at (845) 431-8427 or Yvonne Flowers at (845) 431-8074 .

 

Tuesday, January 31, 12:30-2 p.m.
Kwanzaa Celebration (Kick-Off event)
Dutchess Hall, Room 101

The college community celebrates the seven principles of Kwanzaa: Unity, Self Determination, Creative Work and Responsibility, Cooperative Economics, Purpose, Creativity and Faith.

 

February 1-29
Visual Stories: Fine Art of James Ransome
Hudson Library Gallery

Visual Stories is a traveling exhibit of artwork by award-winning author and illustrator James Ransome.Winner of several awards for his illustrations, including the Coretta Scott King and NAACP Image awards, Ransome received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from Pratt Institute in New York City. James’ work is part of both private and public children’s book art collections and a number of commissioned murals, including three for the Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. An Assistant Professor in the Illustration Program at Syracuse University, James lives in Rhinebeck, New York. The exhibit runs through Wednesday, February 29 during regular library hours.
An artist reception will be held on Monday, February 27, 5-6:30 p.m.

 

Thursday, February 2, 12:30 p.m.
Lyceum – “Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film” by Dr. Mia Mask
James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall

Dr. Mask, Associate Professor of Film at Vassar College, will discuss the lives of five legendary African-American women celebrities - Dorothy Dandridge, Halle Berry, Whoopi Goldberg, Pam Grier, and Oprah Winfrey - as a social phenomenon defying boundaries of race, segregation, sexuality, and career-success.

 

Thursday, February 9, 12:30 p.m.

Lyceum – “Freedom Now and Then” by Rev. LeRoy Glenn Wright & Spoken Word Pastor Clarence E. Wright 
James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall

This father and son team will present through lecture and spoken word “Freedom Now and Then.” Rev. LeRoy Glenn Wright was a Freedom Rider in the summer of 1961 when he rode a greyhound bus from Montgomery, Alabama to Jackson, Mississippi and was arrested for breach of peace. At the time, Wright was a 19-year-old-student at Fisk University in Nashville. Spoken word artist Clarence E. Wright is a missionary and musician. He was the“5th Wheel” champion at the 2002 National Poetry Slam and a Philadelphia representative at the 2011 Fuze Slam Team. Wright spins words of power that promote positive change in the heart, spirit and society. Currently, Clarence manages an active partnership of 65 churches, facilitating the service of more than 90,000 meals a year to the homeless population of Philadelphia.

 

Saturday, February 11, 11 a.m.
Family Festival – “Fire on the Mountain” by Flying Ship Productions
James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall

“Fire on the Mountain” is the story of Alemayu, a young shepherd boy, who travels through the vast mountains as he searches for his sister and learns life’s lessons of character, honesty, courage and love. Award-winning children’s author Jane Kurtz first brought this venerable tale to American readers after hearing it while growing up in Ethiopia. The rich cultural heritage of this African region influences the music, staging, costuming and scenery in this wonderful, uplifting new musical.

 

Sunday, February 12, 3-5:30 p.m.
Annual Gospel Concert
James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall

The show will feature soloists, praise dancers and youth and adult choirs from local churches with a special guest performance by David and Marian Lewis. David Lewis, (former singer, songwriter of Atlantic Starr) and Marian Lewis (former high fashion model, Ford Modeling Agency) will talk about their journey from modern R&B to contemporary gospel.

Refreshments will be available in the Ritz Lounge following the concert.

(Snow date: Feb. 19) For more information, contact Deborah Porter
at (845) 431-8049 .

 

Tuesday, February 14, 12:30-1:50 p.m.
Poetry Jam Café
Ritz Lounge

Original lyrics from DCC students in Rap Poetry Music club will be performed.

 

Thursday, February 16, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Freedom Riders March

A candle-lit march begins at 5:30 p.m. in parking lot by DCC Daycare. Participants will march to Dutchess Hall, and then enter the James and Betty Hall Theatre for the Freedom Riders Forum followed by the “Freedom Riders” movie. The evening ends with refreshments and Q&A with Freedom Riders in the Ritz Lounge.

 

Saturday, February 18, 4-6 p.m.
An Evening of Cultural Dance Expressions: Then and Now
James and Betty Hall Theatre, Dutchess Hall

The show will incorporate some of the earliest to the latest dance genres. African, Caribbean, Liturgical, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, STEP and other 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.

(Snow date: March 12) For more information, contact Deborah Porter
at (845) 431-8049

 

Thursday, February 23, 12:30 p.m.
Prose and Spirituals
Ritz Lounge

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

 

Tuesday, April 10, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
African Market: A marketplace of diverse goods Drumlin Hall

Vendors will offer hair products, food, jewelry and more.

For more information, call Carmen McGill at (845) 431-8017 .

 

 

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