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Published on January 25th, 2016 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Benedict College Black History Month Events

Columbia, SC—Benedict College will celebrate Black History Month with a series of events and activities highlighting and honoring the role and impact of African Americans throughout this country’s history. A full schedule of lectures, musical events, workshops, and programs that focus on the culture of history of the African-American community is scheduled throughout the month of February. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Black History Month is a time set aside to reflect on the history and legacy of African Americans in the United States. In the course of the last three hundred plus years, African Americans have made countless contributions to the fabric of this nation. Their toil, talent, brilliance, and courage are inspiring to current and future generations.

Join the Benedict College Family as we acknowledge the incredible contributions of African Americans to American history. For more information regarding Black History Month activities and other multicultural events, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (803) 705-4409.

ATTENTION! 

HARAMBEE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT AND THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES — FEBRUARY 28, 2016

The Invitation:  You are invited to sing on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina, featuring Minister Darryl Izzard as resident clinician.  Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 27TH, and participate in a full concert on February 28th.  (See February 28th for details on how to sign up.) 

2016 Black History Month Schedule of Events

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 2

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

TOPIC:  “No Greater Faith:  The Legacy of the Members of Mother Emanuel AME Church” 

Some of the family members and survivors of those murdered at Emanuel AME Church come to Antisdel Chapel to tell their inspired  stories of unwavering “faith” and love in the aftermath of unconscionable pain and suffering. The public is invited to join them in a celebration of hope, healing and resilience. Please contact the Office of Communication and Marketing at 705-4519 for further information.

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

PANEL DISCUSSION

Students and the public are exposed to a panel discussion on the roles of different religions and how they shape the leadership experience of students.  This discussion is followed up with a presentation on theological interpretations from the African American experience. 

Topic:  “Historical Significance vs. 21st Century Relevance: Exploring the significance and relevance of faith and religion in the leadership experience of HBCU students.”

This panel presentation will feature religious leaders with diverse perspectives and backgrounds; exploring the modern-day implication and applicability of faith and religion in the leadership experience of college students.  For more information, please contact Ms. Tondaleya Jackson at (803) 705-4726.

Fine Arts Humanities Center Little Theater             11:00 A.M.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme for the Month: GOD’s HEALING for TROUBLED TIMES

Subject: “Do You Want to be Made Whole?”

Scripture John 5:6

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

TOPIC:  “And the Flag Came Down:  What’s Next?”

The Confederate Flag was removed from the grounds of the South Carolina State House after years of conflict and struggle.  South Carolina House District 74 Representative Todd Rutherford explains what the removal of the Confederate flag  means as he stands on the shoulders of many valiant men and women who were instrumental in this process.  He will speak on what’s next from his perspective as well as reconciliation and a way forward for all South Carolinians and America.

A Voter Registration Drive will be conducted on the campus during the day.  Please contact the Office of Communication and Marketing at 705-4519 for further information.

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M. 

The 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference President’s Dinner

The 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference President’s Dinner will be held at the Embassy

Suites Hotel, 200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets are currently on sale at $500 for a reserve table (table of 10) and individual tickets are $50 person.

For additional information regarding tickets and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mrs. Vareva Harris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Teleconference Executive Producer at (803) 705-4651. 

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 10

TELECONFERENCE

The 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference

The 29th Annual Benedict College Black History Teleconference will be held live on the campus of Benedict College at 10:30 a.m. in the David H. Swinton Campus Center. This year commemorates the national theme “Hallowed Grounds: Sites of the African American Memory.”  The filming is open to the public, but attendees must be seated by 10:15 a.m. The program will be televised on the South Carolina Educational Television network on Sunday, February 21, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Vareva Harris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Teleconference Executive Producer at (803) 705-4651.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13

THE THIRD ANNUAL JUBILEE CHOIR WORKSHOP AND CONCERT: SING THE SONGS OF OUR ANCESTORS

This special program will feature some of the best Jubilee Choirs in the midlands who will provide a musical genre that needs to be preserved.  The choirs will perform the old “march” of procession and sing songs of praise from an earlier era but whose power and messages are both timeless and priceless.  For more information, please contact Dr. Ruby W. Watts at (803) 705-4738.

Antisdel Chapel           3:00 P.M.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme:  GOD’s HEALING for TROUBLED TIMES

 Topic: “All Things Are Possible If You Can Believe”

Scripture Mark 9:23

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

TOPIC:  The International Impact of the Emanuel AME Church Shootings As It Relates to Gun Violence in the United States and Abroad.

A panel of diverse international student voices will share perspectives on the Emanuel Church Massacre as it relates to gun violence/possession in the United States and their respective countries of origin.  An interactive, Question and Answer Session will be incorporated into the panel discussion as well.  For more information, please contact Dr. Norma Jackson at (803)705-4527.

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

GLOBAL VILLAGE AT BENEDICT COLLEGE

The Office of International Programs (OIP) in conjunction with the International Students Association (ISA) will sponsor the 2016 Global Village at Benedict College on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. in Ballrooms A & B of the David H. Swinton Campus Center.  The Global Village experience is designed to celebrate the ethnic, cultural, linguistic and geographic diversity, and internationalization of students, faculty and staff unique to Benedict College.

This year, international students are challenged to create innovative displays and interactive mediums to showcase and educate attendees about their respective countries of origin, and prizes will be awarded for the best 1st, 2nd and 3rd place displays.  The global village will also feature music, dance, fashion, artifacts and cuisine from around the world, and attendees will witness cross-cultural dialogue taking place in multiple languages such as English, Spanish, French, Swahili, Dutch, Portuguese, Amharic, Nepali, Arabic, and Mandarin just to name a few, which reflects the multi-lingual and multi-ethnic environment at Benedict College.  For more information, please contact Dr. Norma Jackson at (803) 705-4527

Swinton Campus Center Ballrooms A & B                           2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M. 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 16

THE LATE DR. LISTERVELT MIDDLETON LECTURE SERIES

The Kemetic Institute for Health and Human Development sponsors the Listervelt Middleton Lecture Series entitled  Messengers of Truth: “Champions of Deep Thought Giving Voice to the People.” This lecture Series honors the 20th anniversary of the transitioning  of Dr Listervelt Middleton.

Dr. Middleton, a Benedict College graduate and honorary degree recipient, was one of the foremost scholars  who researched and interpreted African history and culture as well as the history of Africans in America. The program will be  presented by Mr. Alvin Canon, a Benedict College graduate presently enrolled in a doctoral program at Howard University. For additional information, contact Dr. William F. Gunn through the Office of Communication and Marketing at 705-4519.

Swinton Campus Center Ballroom C                         7:00 P.M.       

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19

BENEDICT COLLEGE ANNUAL CAREER FAIR (CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR BENEDICT COLLEGE STUDENTS DURING ECONOMICALLY CHALLENGING TIMES)

The Career Fair features recruiters from over 40 major companies across the nation searching for personnel to fill professional positions, corporate, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies.  Students will be able to meet face-to-face with recruiters and submit resumes on location.  For additional information, call Ms. Sonya Johnson at (803) 705-4815 or Mrs. Karen Rutherford at (803) 705-4671.

Swinton Campus Center                     10:00 A.M. – 12 Noon

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 20

COLLEGE-WIDE READING DAY

Increase your knowledge of African American history and culture.  READ!!!!  On this day read and appreciate the fundamental roles that unsung heroes have played in sustaining African Americans in an epic struggle for equality and justice.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme: GOD’s HEALING for TROUBLED TIMES

Topic: “Help Me in My Unbelief”

Scripture Mark 9:24

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

ALL COLLEGE ASSEMBLY

THE BENEDICT COLLEGE SCHOOL OF HONORS INDUCTION CEREMONY

The School of Honors hosts its annual Induction Ceremony to celebrate the continuing extraordinary academic abilities of our students.  Dr. Damara Hightower, Dean, School of Education, will be the keynote speaker. For more information, please call Ms. Laura Postell at (803)705-4349.

Antisdel Chapel     11:00 A.M. 

WORKSHOP

RESUME WRITING AND ESSAY WRITING FOR GRADUATE SCHOOL

PERSONAL STATEMENT WORKSHOP

Take a workshop in resume writing and essay writing for graduate school personal statement. Learn techniques and rules of resume writing; use a formula for an employment application letter; and learn how to continue to assess and revise employment application writing for career goals and skills enhancement.

Each personal statement for graduate school must have an organizing “hook.”  Become involved in a variety of activities dealing with portraying a vivid and honest portrayal of the essay writer.  Editing ideas about the purpose of graduate school personal statement; opening of the essay; what questions to address in the essay; and length of essay will be shared with the essay writer.  If you are planning to apply to graduate school, this workshop will be of benefit to you.  For further information, please contact Dr. Malqueen Richardson at (803) 705-4654.

Lower Level of the Library, Learning Resources Center, Suite 123           5:00 P.M.

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24

BOOK DISCUSSION (Read and discuss African American History)

A discussion of popular African American contemporary novels as well as non-fiction historical works will be covered.  A description of each book, questions, discussion topics, and author biographies will assist the group in having a stimulating and interesting discussion.  For more information, please call Mrs. Bridget Sledge at (803) 705-4690 or (803) 705-4793. 

N.A. Jenkins Board Room     12 NOON

FRIDAY, FEDBRUARY 26

THE HARAMBEE  FESTIVAL OPENS UNDER THE LIGHTS WITH A TALENT SHOWCASE

The Harambee Festival opens under the lights with a talent showcase of students, faculty, and staff.  Great talent will be on display as a precursor to what is coming on Saturday. Benedict College has talent and we invite you to showcase yours.  For further information and to audition, please call Dr. Paula Shelby at (803) 705-4809.

Swinton Campus Center                                 6:00 P.M.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 27

THE TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL HARAMBEE FESTIVAL

Welcomes the national and internationally known traditional gospel artists – The Sensational Nightingales whose songs include “I Want to be at the Meeting”, “See You in the Rapture”, “There’s a Leak in this Old Building”, “Morning Train”, “Somewhere Listening for My Name” and many, many more. The Harambee Festival Community Choir will sing with the Sensational Nightingales at the Harambee Festival on Saturday and at the concert on Sunday.

The Harambee Festival is one of the largest College-sponsored in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village.   There is a separate Food Village.

The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons.  Other events include bounce houses outside for the children.  

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day to include the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, the Harambee Festival Community Choir,  and a special appearance by the Harambee Festival Community Choir,  various other jazz, R&B, gospel choirs, praise dancers, international performance, and  much more. 

Dancing in the College’s Dance Studio – Put on your dancing shoes, get some exercise, and have some fun!! 

The Women’s Village and Boutique. Just for Women.  This is your time to learn more about issues important to you while being pampered.   This appeals to the mind and the heart. 

Workshop for Caregivers.  This workshop provides invaluable information for those who provide medical and other care services for those in need.  The workshop will be facilitated by professionals in that area.  For further information, please call Ms. Sharon Brown at 803.705.4661 or Mrs. Brenda Clark at 803.705.4385 in the Social Work Department.

Car and Bike Show – Enjoy viewing some of Columbia’s vintage cars and bikes. 

Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival – Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

            Prostate Cancer Screening        Sight Screening

Diabetes Screening

These free health screenings are made available by the Benedict College Health Center, Palmetto Health Community Services, and the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Benedict College and Dr. Stewart Darby.  For additional information call Ms. Melinda McCray at (803) 296-3461 or Dr. I. Emenike at (803) 705-4436.

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival.

Free Admission. Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise or food vendor.

Mays Human Resources Center Arena         9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 28

WORSHIP SERVICE

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister

Theme: GOD’s HEALING for TROUBLED TIMES

Subject: Just a Touch

Scripture: Matt 9:21

Antisdel Chapel          11:00 A.M.

HARAMBEE FESTIVAL COMMUNITY CHOIR CONCERT AND THE SENSATIONAL NIGHTINGALES  4:00 P.M.

The Invitation:  You are invited to sing on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina, featuring Minister Darryl Izzard Director of the Benedict College Gospel Choir, resident clinician, and the national and internationally known traditional gospel artists –The Sensational Nightingales whose songs include “I Want to be at the Meeting”and “See You in the Rapture”. Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 27TH, and participate in a full concert on FEBRUARY 28.

To sign up to sing on the choir and receive additional information call (803) 705-4496 or (803) 705-4409 or go to www.benedict.edu/harambeeTHERE IS NO COST TO PARTICIPATE!    

Admission to the concert is free; however, contributions will be accepted for the Harambee Festival Endowed Scholarship.  This scholarship will help deserving students receive an education in years to come.

Mays Human Resources Center Arena         4:00 P.M.

 

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