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Colby-Sawyer College to Celebrate Black History Month with Poetry, Gospel Music and Films

NEW LONDON, N.H., Feb. 4, 2011 – Colby-Sawyer College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events throughout February. The public is invited to attend and admission to all events is free.

Tuesday, Feb. 15

Colby-Sawyer's celebration of Black History Month kicks off with a screening of “The Freshest Kids – A History of the B-Boy” at 7 p.m. in Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center. Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Education Dianna Terrell will introduce “The Freshest Kids,” a documentary that takes an in-depth look at the birth of hip-hop, including the music, art and dancing that distinguish this cultural movement that took root more than 25 years ago. The film provides an insider's look at the world of break dancers – b-boys – through rare film clips and interviews with legends such as Afrika Bambaataa, KRS-One, Mos Def, Herc and Kool D.J. This event is sponsored by the Office of International and Diversity Programs, in collaboration with Professor Terrell.

Friday, Feb. 18

Join the gospel choir Voices of Colby-Sawyer for “Praise & Worship: Pressing In The Presence of the King!” This evening of worship and praise begins at 7 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of New London, next door to the Colby-Sawyer campus. Led by Jeramey Winfield, the choir will provide an evening filled with moving music and praise and feature special guests including Minister Darryl Davis and the Whole Armour International Praise Team of Lowell, Mass.

Tuesday, Feb. 22

A double-action evening of poetry and film co-sponsored by the Progressive Scholars and Citizenship Education's “Among Friends” programming series. Both events take place in Wheeler Hall, Ware Campus Center.

At 6:30 p.m., the Progressive Scholars (The Progressive Scholars program, in its third year, seeks to provide educational opportunities for mainly first-generation urban college students and to bring more geographic, racial and ethnic diversity to the college) will read the work of renowned African-American poets.

A screening of “Citizen King,” an intimate documentary about Martin Luther King Jr., will follow the poetry reading at 7:15 p.m. The film uses letters, diaries, eyewitness accounts of friends, family and historians to present King in a new light. “Citizen King” goes beyond the general knowledge most United States citizens have of King to reveal the man behind myth. This documentary provides a fresh look at a leader who will continue to hold a prominent place in American history, offering insights into the reasoning and passion behind his journey and leadership. This film is sponsored by the Office of Citizenship Education.

Monday, Feb. 28

“The Blind Side” will be shown in Clements Hall, Curtis L. Ivey Center at 7 p.m. This Academy Award-winning film is based on the true story of Michael Oher's rise from homelessness and hopelessness to hard-working student, athlete and NFL superstar. The film is sponsored by the Cultural Events Committee.

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-Jessica McLavey '10

Colby-Sawyer College is a comprehensive college that integrates the liberal arts and sciences with professional preparation. Founded in 1837, Colby-Sawyer is located in the scenic Lake Sunapee Region of central New Hampshire. Learn more about the college's vibrant teaching and learning community at Colby-Sawyer College, 541 Main Street, New London, N.H. 03257 (603) 526-3000