CANCELLED: A Celebration of Black History and Culture on Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at U of M, Crookston; Evening performances begin at 6 p.m. in Kiehle Auditorium


Following a series of events celebrating Black History Month at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, the month of February will close with a "Celebration of Black History and Culture." On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, at 6 p.m., the Black Student Association will host an evening in Kiehle Auditorium filled with a variety of performances followed by a dessert reception. The event is free and everyone is welcome.

Highlighting the evening will be the following performances:

angel anderson.jpgAngel Anderson (at left) will bring her talent as a spoken word artist to the Crookston campus. She has been featured several times at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is an inspiration to many young women and continues to create a powerful name for herself.

African Drumming and Dance, a part of the WISE Charter School since it first opened, will bring rhythm and excitement to the evening. Led by Brother Ghana MBaye from Dakaar Sengal and Brother Fatawu Sayibu from Ghana the students learn the culture, dances and different rhythms and sound from the coast of West Africa.

The Robbinsdale Cooper High School Step Team, known for their outstanding step performances, will demonstrate their skill. Step team routines are a form of dance with a history steeped in African-American culture. From New Hope, Minn., the Cooper High School Step Team is composed of students in grades 9-12 and they are widely known throughout Minnesota for their championship performances.

Jamar Esaw and Triad: 4Christ (at right) is a 33 member voice choir on a mission to Triad.jpgpromote the Word of God through song. They have shared the stage with several other major gospel acts and have caught the attention of the gospel industry with their undeniable sound and performances.
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