Lone Star College(LSC)-Kingwood invites the community to participate in free activities during its annual Black History Month celebration in February. Events will include a theater production and a variety of presentations and discussions that are aimed to broaden horizons.
This year’s featured event is The Ensemble Theatre’s free production of “Mahalia” on Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Music Recital Hall, located in the Music Instructional Building. Written by Tom Stolz, “Mahalia” is a celebration of the life and music of the world’s greatest gospel singer, Mahalia Jackson.
“Rightfully dubbed the ‘Queen of Gospel,’ Mahalia Jackson possessed a powerful voice onstage and off. She, like no other singer, pushed Thomas Dorsey’s new-born gospel music into the minds and hearts of the world,” said Shirley Marks Whitmore, director of “Mahalia.”
Other LSC-Kingwood’s Black History Month events will include:
· Raul Reyes, LSC-Kingwood history professor, will discuss the triumphant and heroic historical legacy of the African people in the Americas and the colonization of the New World. The presentation is Thursday, Feb. 2, at 12:30 p.m. in Classroom Building A room 114.
· Dr. Isaac Hampton, history adjunct professor at Texas A&M-San Antonio and San Antonio College, will speak on various topics in African-American history. The presentation is Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center.
· “Moments in Black History” will feature speeches from Frederick Douglas, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and more. The event is Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Conference Center. It will be moderated and discussed by LSC-Kingwood faculty members. Refreshments will be provided.