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Black History Month Celebrated at College of Saint Elizabeth

Black History Month Celebrated at College of Saint Elizabeth

They cheered. They clapped. They danced in their seats, and they sang along. The students who attended Adinkrah: A CSE Gospel Experience, February 27, 2012, brought audience participation to a new level. CSE students mounted the stage in Dolan Performance Hall in Annunciation Center on campus to recite poetry, dance, and sing. Members of the FBC Mime Ministry from the First Baptist Church in Madison were guest performers. Singer Cameron Lewis gave a mini-concert. Adinkrah was one of the closing events of the CSE Black History Month.

“Every year we offer a variety of events that is meant to entertain and educate students and faculty members," says Maya Bley, assistant director of the CSE Office of International and Multicultural Affairs, "We've had a good turnout this year and there was a very enthusiastic response."

The month’s theme centered on the movie The Help, which was shown February 6, 2012. Teri Corso, director of career services, led a seminar entitled The Help and Your Career Journey Following the Dream or a ‘Dream Deferred’ on February 8, 2012. The next day, Dawn O-Leary-Singerline, director of community development and the leadership program, hosted a leadership workshop, Courage of a Leader: As Seen Through The Help. Dr. Laura Winters, CSE professor of English, presented the film and led a discussion, entitled Interrogating The Help on February 15, 2012. The month ended with a Lunch and Learn, The Help: A Quest for Respect, on February 29, 2012, that featured Dr. Linda Caldwell Epps, who is nationally recognized for creating and implementing diversity programs. She discussed the history of African-American women as domestics and the role they played in the Civil Rights Movement.

Throughout the month, the CSE community participated in a variety of activities that included soul food, a survey of African origins of African American arts and crafts, and a Black History Month Game Show. On February 9, 2012, Dr. Valerie Scott, CSE professor of psychology, hosted a Lunch and Learn that examined Post Traumatic Slave Disorder: Understanding How the African American Slave Experience Affects People Today. Iwa L’Ewa Heritage Dance Ensemble performed in Dolan Performance Hall on February 23.

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