Marymount Event to Celebrate Black History Through Music, Poetry and Dance

The public is invited to “A Journey Through History,” a free afternoon of music, poetry and dance at 4 p.m. on Sunday, April 3 at Marymount University’s Reinsch Library Auditorium. A reception will follow.

The program will highlight historical figures and key events in African-American history, including the Civil Rights Movement and such contemporary issues as Black Lives Matter.  Special guest artists will include musician Amadou Kouyate, who plays a variety of instruments, including the 21-string Kora. Charnika Louise Hayes will give a presentation on gospel singer Mahalia Jackson, who played an important role in the Civil Rights Movement. Singer Carlton Sauls will also perform.

Vincent Stovall, director of student engagement at Marymount, said work by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes will be read, along with contemporary poetry written by Marymount students.  The history of hip hop will be told through dance.

The program is sponsored by MU’s Black Student Alliance in conjunction with the African Caribbean Student Association and Ladies Inspiring Strength for Tomorrow.