DCC Events to Mark Black History Month

 

January 21, 2010 – 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. 2 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. 14 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, and is scheduled for Feb. 20, 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.

Each of the above activities will be held on DCC’s main Poughkeepsie campus.

The full list of DCC Black History Month activities is below.

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

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 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 4, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
LYCEUM – M.K. ASANTE JR., “IT’S BIGGER THAN HIP HOP”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

M.K. Asante is an award-winning author, filmmaker and professor who the Philadelphia Inquirer calls “a rare, remarkable talent that brings to mind the great artists of the Harlem Renaissance.” Asante will discuss his newest book, “It’s Bigger Than Hip Hop,” which is a story of Hip Hop history as well as a discussion on urgent issues affecting the post Hip Hop culture.

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 12:30 – 2 p.m.
LYCEUM – READNEX POETRY SQUAD, “READNEX REBORN”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

The ReadNex Poetry Squad, a spoken-word group, will soon release its new album, “Day Before Sound.” National and international audiences have been captivated and moved by the anti-apathetic stance of the four poets/emcees and one D.J.  Through the art of writing and the power of music, esteemed lyrical scholars Decora, FreeFlowin, Jarabe Del Sol, Latin Translator and DJ H20 continue to uplift urban communities with their universal message and sound influenced by Hip Hop, Soul, Latin and Caribbean Music.

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 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. 21) For more information, call Deborah Porter, (845) 431-8049 .

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 12 -2 p.m.
POETRY JAM CAFÉ
GREENSPAN CAFETERIA, DRUMLIN HALL

Performances of original work from DCC students in the Rap, Poetry, Music club, Radio Station, Dance and Step Clubs will be featured.

 

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 8 p.m.
FILM: Precious         Rated: R               109 min.
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

Set in Harlem in 1987, this is the story of Clareece “Precious” Jones, a 16-year-old African–American girl born into a life no one would want. She is pregnant for the second time by her absent father. Precious may sometimes be down but she is never out. She finds her answer when she is asked to join a special school that will lead her from darkness to light.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 11 a.m.
FAMILY FESTIVAL – FLYING SHIP PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS “FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN”
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

A classic African folktale is given new life as a spirited four-person musical theater production by Jonathan Luks. The audience will journey with Alemayu, a young shepherd boy, 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 musical.

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 4 – 6 p.m.
CULTURAL DANCE EXPRESSIONS
JAMES AND BETTY HALL THEATRE

An Evening of Cultural Dance Expressions: Then and Now, will incorporate some of the earliest to the latest dance genres that have influences Americans with African heritage. African, Caribbean, Liturgical, Modern, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and other styles will be performed by dance troupes, teams and individuals. (Snow date is March 13.) For more information, contact Deborah Porter, (845) 431-8049 .

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 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 .

 

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 12:30 p.m.
PROSE AND SPIRITUALS
BOWNE HALL, ROOM 122

This 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 Elizabeth Gerbi.  The readings will be performed by students selected by Rose Wiley, English & Humanities instructor.

 

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