Mount Plans Events in Honor of Black History Month

January 31, 2012

The University of Mount Union will host several events in honor and celebration of Black History Month. All of the following events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at Mount Union at (330) 823-7288.

Thursday, February 9
Storytelling by Jocelyn Palmer-Dabney
Have You Heard? Tales from the African-American Oral Tradition
7 p.m., Campus Grounds, Hoover-Price Campus Center
 
Jocelyn Palmer-Dabney is a dynamic storyteller, actress and retired high school librarian from Youngstown. She is currently the director of the Creative Arts Ministry at the Rising Star Baptist Church of Youngstown. A 1972 graduate of Alliance High School, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in speech and drama, along with a minor in educational media from Kent State University. She also was the first African-American to earn a master’s degree in storytelling and reading from East Tennessee State University. She has presented programs and conducted workshops for schools, universities, libraries, festivals and churches in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Louisiana.
 
Palmer-Dabney is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS), the Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers (CABS), Western Reserve Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of storytelling (WRAPPS) and the Ohio Order for the Preservation for Storytelling (OOPS). Over the years, she has been chosen by the National Storytelling Network (NSN) as one of the six people to represent the six regions of the United States by performing at the National Storytelling Festival Exchange Place.
 
Saturday, February 18
Black Student Union Annual Fashion Show
Raider’s Rip the Runway
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.)
 
Tickets are $1 or a canned good at the door. Money raised from the fashion show will benefit a fundraising effort.
 
Thursday, February 23
Black History Month Play by Will & Company
Portraits of Courage African Americans You Wish You Had Known
7 p.m., Mount Union Theatre
 
Portraits of Courage is a play that showcases the lives of several African-Americans who have made vital contributions to American culture and society. During the play, two actors will portray historically-based characters that have influenced science, civil rights, sports, the economy, labor relations and the arts. Throughout the dynamic, hour-long presentation, audience members will meet Ida B. Wells, Langston Hughes, Colonel Young, Madame CJ Walker, Bass Reeves and Lucy Parsons. Due to mature content, the play is intended for high school students and older.
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