Black History Month observances

February 4, 2014 

THURSDAY, FEB. 6

Panel discussion: 11 a.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Humanities Center Little Theater at Benedict College. Religious leaders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds will explore the modern implications and applicability of faith and religion in the leadership experience of college students. (803) 705-4726. For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to www.benedict.edu.

SATURDAY, FEB. 8

Jubilee choirs sing the songs of our ancestors: 3 p.m. Feb. 8 in Antisdel Chapel at Benedict College. Program will feature some of the best jubilee choirs in the Midlands, performing in a musical genre that needs to be preserved. The choirs will perform the old “march” of procession and sing songs of praise whose power and messages are timeless. (803) 705-4738. For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to www.benedict.edu.

TUESDAY, FEB. 11

“Building the Future: The Black Experience at USC”: 6 p.m. Feb. 11 in the Russell House Ballroom. The university’s commemoration of the 50th anniversary of desegregation will feature a panel discussion of the black experience on campus. For more information on the commemoration, go to www.sc.edu/desegregation.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12

Black History Month exhibit: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 12-15 and 1-4 p.m. Feb. 16 at Camden’s historic Price House, Broad and York streets. Each middle and high school in Kershaw County will submit a theme (“Civil Rights in America”) poster for the exhibit; also, students or adults in the Kershaw County schools during integration will submit posters. Free. (803) 424-0405

27th annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference: 9 a.m. Feb. 12 on the campus of Benedict College. Commemoration of the national theme, “The Golden Jubilee of the Civil Rights Act.” The panelists’ areas of expertise include health, business, marketing and law enforcement. Award-winning poet Nikky Finney will moderate and Mignon Clyburn, commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, will serve as explicator. It features high school and Benedict College students who will ask prominent African-Americans about their ideas, challenges and achievements. High school students participating are from A.C. Flora, C.A. Johnson, Lower Richland, Eau Claire and W.J. Keenan High Schools. The program will air on SC ETV at 6 p.m. Feb. 23. (803) 705-4616. For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to www.benedict.edu.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13

2014 Global Village: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Benjamin E. Mays Human Resources Center Arena. Showcase of the the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and geographical diversity at Benedict College. Students unite to present a collaborative Global Village, which will feature exhibitors, music, dance, attire, artwork, fashion and other artifacts from around the world. Faculty, staff, students and community members are welcomed and encouraged to participate. (803) 705-4527, (803) 705-4545. For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to www.benedict.edu.

SATURDAY, FEB. 15

Black History program: 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Wesley United Methodist Church, 1725 Gervais St. Founded in 1869, Wesley is home to the oldest African-American Methodist congregation in Columbia. The sanctuary was built in 1910, designed by noted architect Arthur Hamby, and features two asymmetrical towers, decorative brickwork and pointed-arch stained glass windows.

SUNDAY, FEB. 16

Abundant Life Fellowship Church: Special program, 5 p.m. Feb. 16 at 804 Laurens St., Camden. The Abundant Life Fellowship Church Chorale will perform some of the most popular songs of the civil rights movement. Free.

SATURDAY, FEB. 22

Silver anniversary reunion of the Harambee Festival: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Benjamin E. Mays Resources Center at Benedict College. Family event that has plenty of food, music, fun, art and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment and dance lessons. Other events include bounce houses outside for the children. Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day, including the national award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, featuring the Rev. James Bignon. Health screenings will be held in Mather Hall at the Benedict College Health Center. Also: a Waverly Community walking tour, architectural tour and church tours. (803) 464-4149, For a complete Benedict College schedule, go to www.benedict.edu.

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