PINEVILLE, La. (LCU) – Several events will take place in February on the Louisiana Christian University campus in honor of Black History Month, beginning Thursday with the premiere of the play “Fences.”
Louisiana Christian’s first play of the spring season, August Wilson’s drama “Fences,” will feature the first all-black production in TLC history.
Terrell Phillips, senior major of the Alexandria Theater, plays the lead role in the play.
“It is a blessing to hold these positions and represent the African American community, to open doors for black students to become more involved in campus activities,” said Phillips, who is also the former president of the Student Government Association.
“Fences” runs February 3-5 and February 10-12 at 7 p.m. at the Martin Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased online and cost $5 for LCU students, faculty, and staff; $12 for seniors and non-LCU students; and $15 for general admission. Groups of 10 or more can participate for $10. For more information on purchasing tickets, call 318-613-4064.
Other events this month include the third annual Gospel Choir concert and a panel discussion on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
“Diversity is something I want us to celebrate every day at Louisiana Christian University, President Rick Brewer said, “but we are thrilled to have a special time to honor and note the significant contributions of African Americans this month. -this.”
The Gospel Choir’s third annual concert, conducted by Phillips, will take place at Guinn Auditorium on February 17 at 6:30 p.m. “It’s a different style of music that a lot of students aren’t used to hearing,” Phillips said. “It taps into a culture that I’m used to and a lot of African Americans are used to, but a lot of people haven’t heard of before.”
The choir includes students, alumni, and community members, including the Zion Hill Church Worship Team.
Later this month, LCU will host a panel discussion on the perspective of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and how we have or have not achieved much of his dream. The event will take place at the Guinn Auditorium on February 24 at 6:30 p.m.
“Black History Month was created to honor the contributions of African Americans to the United States,” said Joshua Joy Dara, associate vice president for engagement and enrichment. “Everyone can join in the celebration because it’s about overcoming hardships and celebrating triumphs.”
The idea of hosting a Black History Month celebration was originated by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an academic, educator, and publisher, who earned his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Woodson’s plan began in 1926 as a week to celebrate black history during the second week of February, as that month includes the birthdays of Federick Douglas, an abolitionist who worked to end slavery, and of President Abraham Lincoln, who signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves, Dara said. Fifty years later, in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially changed the event to Black History Month.
Today, many college campuses and school districts across the United States recognize and celebrate the accomplishments and legacy of Black Americans, Dara said.
“We are so grateful to Dr. Brewer for encouraging the study of the achievements of African Americans to celebrate on our campus,” Dara said. “This year’s celebration at LCU will be a time of education, fun, music and good fellowship.”
The concert and the round table are free events for the public.
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