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Moravian Celebrates Black History Month with Lectures, Music and Dance

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)— Moravian College is celebrating Black History month with a variety of activities beginning this week. In addition, the College is holding a number of special events, open to the public, that showcases some very talented African-Americans.

Comedian Kivi Rogers, known for his quick wit and thousand voices, will be performing on Thursday, February 15 at 9:30 p.m. in the Pavilion - Haupert Union Building. Rogers has appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, NBC’s Comedy Showcase, and a number of other sitcoms and shows. Admission is free.

The Moravian College Jazz & Poetry Coffee House will feature poetry readings and jazz of African-American artists on Friday, February 16, at 8:00 pm in the Pavilion - Haupert Union Building. Admission is free.

A lecture discussing African cultural traditions will be presented by Okomfo Panyin Nana Korantemaa Ayeboafo on Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 a.m. –1:00 p.m. Sacred movement and sound including sacred healing drum ceremonies will be explored. Admission is free. Okomfo Panyin Nana Korantemaa Ayeboafo is an Akun Priest with extensive knowledge of indigenous African spirituality, traditions, and language. Nana is a consultant is often commissioned to develop cultural arts programming in schools, residential treatment centers, colleges, and community centers across the country. She is a trained dancer, vocal percussionist, drummer, and composer.

"Kayaga of Africa" - Dance Company will bring their stories, songs, and dances from East and Central Africa to Foy Concert Hall on Wednesday, February 21, at 8 p.m. Kayaga of Africa has been described by critics and audiences as "colorful", "energetic" and "powerful." Admission is $8 for adults, 5$ for Senior Citizens and children under 12.

Dr. Manning Marable will present a lecture, Politics and the History of Race: An Analysis of the Black Vote of 2000, on Thursday, February 22, 7:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. Dr. Marable is a professor of history and political science and the founding director of the Institute for Research in African American Studies at Columbia University. Admission to the lecture is free.

Marable is a prominent lecturer and interpreter of the politics and history of race in America. He regularly appears in media programs throughout the country. Dr. Marable is the author of thirteen books, including Black Leadership (1998), Black Liberation in Conservative America (1997), Speaking Truth to Power:Essays on Race, Radicalism and Resistance (1996), co-editor of The Columbia Reader of African American History (2001), co-editor What Black America Thinks (2001). He has also written over two hundred articles for academic journals, edited volumes and other scholarly publications.

The movie, Hurricane, staring Denzel Washington will be shown on Friday, February 23, at 9:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium. Admission is free. The movie portrays the story of boxer Hurricane Carter and his struggle for justice in the judicial system.

Paulette’s Soul Food Soiree, a buffet featuring tantalizing southern delicacies, will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 5:30 p.m. in the Pavilion - Haupert Union Building. Tickets are $3.00 and reservations are required.

The first Annual Gospel Jazz Café will be held on Saturday, February 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Pavilion - Haupert Union Building. Flutist Keith Marks and his Quartet and will perform an evening of gospel music along with Orquestra Vision. Admission is free.

For further information on these events, contact Moravian’s Office of Multicultural Affairs at 610-625-7847. The programs are sponsored by IMPACT, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Music Department, and Student Activities.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college. Visit the web site at www.moravian.edu.