With a theme of Herstory 101: Untangling Our Roots Mary Baldwin University will observe the annual Black History Month with a variety of events designed to involve not only faculty, staff, and students of the college but the people in the greater Staunton area.
The Eighth Annual Gospel Extravaganza, featuring the Mary Baldwin University Anointed Voices of Praise Gospel Choir, will be February 5 at 3:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, corner of New and Frederick streets, Staunton.
One Woman Show: Awele Makeba “Rage Is Not A One Day Thing” will be held on February 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the college’s Francis Auditorium at the corner of Coalter and Frederick streets.
February 8 and 9, Mary Baldwin will host the Black History Month Oratorical Contest for children in grades 2 through 5. Mary Baldwin students will serve as sponsors and coaches for the contestants. The competition will be held at Francis Auditorium beginning at 6 p.m.
The Kunsun dance ensemble from Ghana, Africa will provide a dance workshop on Saturday, February 12 from 1-3 p.m. in the Physical Activities Center Dance Studio off Tams Street in Staunton, for those interested in learning traditional African dance. They will also perform that evening at 7 p.m. in the same location. The event is sponsored by the college’s African Student Kollective.
Greater Things Dance Ministry Recital will be held on February 13 at 3:30 p.m. the Physical Activities Center Dance Studio.
A poetry reading, sponsored by the college’s Libations magazine staff and the Caribbean Student Association, will be February 15 at the Nuthouse in the college’s Hunt Dining Hall beginning at 7 p.m.
February 20 in Francis Auditorium there will be a Talk-Talk Festival of the Caribbean Storyteller beginning at 5 p.m.
The events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Andrea Cornett-Scott at (540) 887-7270.