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.

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Lee Buoy, a sophomore, rehearses a solo modern dance routine to O Sinner Man for the presentation.  Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Charmain Z. Brackett/Correspondent
Lee Buoy, a sophomore, rehearses a solo modern dance routine to O Sinner Man for the presentation.

"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.

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Points 01/31/08 - 09:24 am
In other news, some

In other news, some unspecified "white" churches will be holding a "Celebrating White History Month" where popular white leaders like Nathan Bedford Forrest and Adolph Hitler.

Seriously, how is this thinly veiled bigotry/racism newsworthy?

adrian22 01/31/08 - 04:27 pm
What a bastard to write such

What a bastard to write such a comment. We are asking for one month. Not 31 days -28 days. Thats what it is. Deal with it. Yes, there are other races however American history "white America's history is celebrated year round. Our accomplishments are often overlooked and projected as one of you guys' idea. We rarely get the credit we deserve. We are not in the text books in schools. Martin Luther--- and some others. But there are hundreds of thousands of us that have set historical records- inventors, doctors, the list goes on. You, however are there. Your children are taught about their history, yet ours are forced to believe that there was just one side to the story. To hell with you I say.

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