Black history events to focus on arts


Dance, music, writing planned at Edison

PIQUA — The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is celebrating Black History Month with a special evening that focuses on the arts. Free and open to the community, the event will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 27, from 6-8 p.m. in the Robinson Theater of the Piqua campus.

“We wanted this year’s event to focus on how history has played a role in shaping today’s art, dance, music, and writing,” said Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee chairperson. “The arts are important because they provide a way for individuals to express themselves while paying homage to their roots.”

Beginning with a performance by the Dayton-based jazz ensemble “Speaking of Peace,” guests may enjoy authentic food and beverages while taking in traditional jazz music. The ensemble consists of four musicians performing with various brass instruments.

The dance portion of the evening will feature Columbus-based GOREE Drum and Dance. While focusing primarily on West African dance styles, the group weaves together the rich diversity of Directors Balla and Ndeyekhady’s far-ranging experiences. GOREE Dance and Drum is committed to honoring the tradition of their teachers, culture, and history of traditional West African Dance while bringing their unique flair to life.

Leading up to the event, Edison State students submitted written work as well as artwork to be judged reflecting on the topic provided: “What would Martin Luther King Jr. do?” During the event, the first, second, and third place recipients will be awarded prizes.

“We have a fun evening planned that’s filled with authentic music, dance, poetry, art, and cuisine,” Archibald said. “There will be something for everybody.”

The Diversity Committee at Edison State Community College is committed to advancing the college’s academic mission and goals in the areas of diversity, equality, inclusion and human rights by leading efforts to define, assess, and cultivate diversity as both an institutional value and an academic priority.

The Black History Month events are sponsored, in part, by Edison State Community College, Unity National Bank, and U.S. Bank. For more information, contact Marva Archibald, Diversity Committee chairperson, by calling (937) 778-7908 or emailing marchibald@edisonohio.edu.

Dance, music, writing planned at Edison

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