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Performances, panel discussions highlight Black History Month at UVa-Wise

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will celebrate Black History Month with many events throughout February.

Celebration events supporting the theme, “Learning from our Past to Pursue our Future,” extend into the arts, literature and history. All events are open to the public.

Black History Month begins Friday, Feb. 1 at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths with a concert featuring the UVa-Wise String Ensemble, Highland Singers, Wise Guys and Chris Rose and Anthony Keys performing the works of many black musicians and composers.

On Feb. 8, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of all Faiths, Brian McKnight, a professor of history, will present “Famous Faces and their History,” an informative and visual lecture on the contributions of many important figures of black history. Many supporting items including hymnals will be available for viewing.

Professor Tom Costa will host a panel discussion with six UVa-Wise faculty on Monday, Feb. 18 beginning at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths on the theme of “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Panel members will share personal experiences and observations on racial relations in America.

Black History Month concludes on Feb. 28 with the “Imagine No Malaria Benefit Concert” in Cantrell Banquet Hall at 7 p.m.

Black History Month at The University of Virginia’s College at Wise provides an opportunity to celebrate, support and learn more about black heritage and culture.

Students will receive cultural credit for attending Black History Month presentations.

For more information, contact Sandra Jones at 276-328-0129 or College Relations at 276-376-1027.