The church is focus of Davidson Black History Month program

Through dance, drama and song, students at John S. Davidson Fine Arts School will present its Black History Month program today and Friday.

 

"The theme is Get Ready: It's Church Time," producer Peri Faulks said.

Rather than a religious theme, the program focuses on the role of the church in the black community as a gathering place, where social issues are addressed, she said. Also, it centers on how the church has influenced music and fashion.

"The church is a place where you can express yourself," she said. "There are lot of forms of music; there's shouting, dancing, foot stomping and hand clapping."

For some, church is the place to show off the latest fashions and hats, so a fashion show will be part of the program.

In the mix of dance, song and drama, there will be information on black Americans who have been influential through the church. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Jesse Jackson are represented among those.

Ms. Faulks, who is black, said that each year a committee comes together to decide the Black History Month program. Past programs have included the ABCs of black history month and jazz.

The toe-tapping theme of this year's event is aimed toward the schoolchildren who will attend shows during school hours. The show will keep their interest and give them information.

Public performances are at 7 p.m. today and 3:45 p.m. Friday at the school.

Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and non-Davidson students, and $3 for Davidson students.

For more information, call (706) 823-6924.

Reach Charmain Brackett at czbrackett@hotmail.com.

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