Black History Month

Wednesday February 8 2012


A one-woman show and a panel discussion are highlights of the College's Black History Month observances.

"dun been thru it"

The Office of International and Multicultural Services and the Black Student Association presents Royal Shiree in "dun been thru it," a one-woman play, on Monday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in Hopwood Auditorium.

A graduate student at LC, Shiree is a playwright, actor, creative writer, storyteller, and poet whose original one-woman show has been produced by Randolph College, Waterworks Players Theatre, and Leading Ladies in New York.

As a storyteller, she has been a commissioned writer and performer for the Legacy Museum of African-American History, the Juneteenth Coalition, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest July celebration, and the historical Avoca Museum, where she is the education facilitator.

Shiree co-directed and produced the documentary, "The Caregiver: Disturbing Images of Your Future," which debuted at the New York International and Independent Film Festival. She is a fellow at the library of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (VCCA).

Shiree is a member of the Dramatist Guild and is pursuing an MA in English at Lynchburg College and an M.F.A. in playwriting at Hollins University.

From Slavery to Emancipation

Lynchburg College and Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest will present a panel discussion, "From Slavery to Emancipation: African Americans and Working the Land, 1770 to 1877," on February 16 at 7 p.m. in the Sydnor Performance Hall, Schewel Hall.

The panel will consist of Adam Dean, LC assistant professor of history; Barbara Heath, assistant professor, University of Tennessee-Knoxville; and Hope Smith, graduate student, University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the John M. Turner Lecture in the Humanities, Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest, the Lynchburg College History Department, and Office of Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs.

Other events sponsored by the LC Black Students Association (BSA) are:

Feb. 12: Stoplight Party, 7-10:30 p.m., Westover Room

Feb. 14: Chalk-It-Up with Black History Facts (all day)

Feb. 15: Game Night with a Twist, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Ballroom

Feb. 16: Black Historical Reading, 5:15 to 5:45 p.m., steps of Hopwood Hall

Feb. 17: Black History Celebration through Song, Dance, and Spoken Word, featuring Dee Brown '02 and LC students, Westover Room

Feb. 20-24: Black History Dress-Up Week (Look for BSA members dressed as historical figures and guess who they are)

Feb. 26: Dee Brown '02 will read from his latest book of poetry, My Sky is for Upliftment, 6:30 p.m., Daura Gallery