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Slate of Activities Planned to Celebrate Black History Month

February 16, 2012

Averett University has a variety of activities planned in celebration of Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

The celebration begins Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. in Blount Chapel with a performance by Nguzo Saba African American Drum and Dance. A popular local group, Nguzo Saba provides a variety of selections from West African and American drumming and dance.

Also that evening, local Civil Rights historian Emma C. Edmunds will share a presentation on the Danville Civil Rights Movement. The presentation will include interviews and discussion in a PowerPoint format. Edmunds is the principal researcher for "Mapping Local Knowledge: Danville, Va. 1945-75." Since 1998, she has conducted more than 30 oral histories and collected dozens of documents related to African-American history in the Danville region.

The University will hold a health awareness day Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Student Center. General health information will be distributed in flyers and pamphlets. The Sickle Cell Anemia Association is providing a free screening while supplies last from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The evening of Feb. 22, Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell Sr. will speak at 6 p.m. in Blount Chapel. The founder and pastor of Bible Way Cathedral, Campbell will reflect on the Danville Civil Rights Movement. He will speak about his personal experiences and his hopes for the community now and in the future.

The slate of activities will wrap up with a night of gospel music Tuesday, Feb. 28 beginning at 7 p.m. in Pritchett Auditorium. There will be a variety of performances including Shekinah's Judah, an African dance ministry by a group comprised of Averett students; "Still I Rise," a poem read by Averett student Taylor Harris and an interpretative dance performed by Shaundra Thomas; the Averett Gospel Choir; and Shiloh Baptist Church Praise Dance Ministry.