Black History Month Program

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Black History Month Program

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The deep timbre of a cello filled the PAC auditorium as junior Courtney Francois played prelude music and students found their seats for the Black History Month program, For The Culture. Junior Phoebe Guinn opened the event by singing the black national anthem Lift Up Your Voice and Sing. Following Guinn’s solo, Ari Jackson welcomed the audience and Caitlin Johnson shared a piece about the history of black theatre in America, which began with the 1821 establishment of the African Grove Theatre in New York City. Hosts Krislyn Gibson and Tafarri Pleas led the audience through a selection of poems read by Azaria McDowell, Logan Hatten, and Maysa Vivians. Kaylan Sanders performed a solo dance to Beyonce‘s I Was Here. Jackson State University’s Making A Difference Doing Respectable And Meaningful Art theatre troupe, or M.A.D.D.R.A.M.A, shared a portion of their 2018-2019 show. Their performance conveyed the importance of the institutions of family, education, and the church in black history and culture. The troupe challenged students to be “the ones who dare to be different, and be the difference.”