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February marks Black History Month

2/1/2006 —
February is Black History Month across the nation and Penn State Wilkes-Barre will mark the occasion with performances by The Healing Force and K.J. James and a display of photos and other relevant items in the library.

On Tuesday, February 7, from noon-1 p.m., The Healing Force, a family of performers, will present storytelling, music, and dance in the Student Commons Lounge. Their performance focuses on creativity, appreciation of culture, acceptable moral behavior, unity, family, and respect for oneself and others. The audience is encouraged to participate in the celebration by singing, clapping, dancing, and playing various traditional African instruments, including shekeres, thumb pianos, talking drums, hand drums, wasamba, and kayamba.  

K.J. James, one of the country’s most celebrated bluesman and one of the most beloved campus entertainers in the nation, will appear on Monday, February 20, from noon – 1 p.m. in the Student Commons Lounge. James has appeared at Woodstock ’99, the New York Blues Festival and Jazz Fest 2000 in Tampa, Florida. With a repertoire of over five hundred songs, he is one of the most engaging and dynamic performers on the blues scene today. He is well-known for his sophistication of harmony, dexterity and genuine sense of humor.

In addition, the Nesbitt Library will feature items highlighting the theme for 2006, Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social, and Civic Organizations, with a display of photos, print materials and text commemorating several Black civic and social organizations such as the NAACP, Black Freemasons, Alpha Phi Alpha (first Black Greek letter fraternity), Rainbow/Push Coalition, 100 Black Men, Inc., and The Association for the Study of African American Life and History.
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