Reader's Theater (Black History Month Celebration - 02/14/2007)

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Pitt Community College resumed its Black History Month celebration on Feb. 14 with a Reader's Theater event entitled, "Love Notes: A Journey through the Many Facets of Black Diaspora Love." The program played to an overflow crowd in the Fulford Building auditorium. Deborah Cannon was a program participant, reading "The People Could Fly," a work of African-American folklore by Virginia Hamilton. PCC President Dr. G. Dennis Massey recites "O Daedalus, Fly Away Home," a poem by Robert Hayden. Cheri White (above) and PCC Developmental English instructor Regina Garcia (not pictured) sing "I'll Fly Away" as Demarcus Haddock (not pictured) plays the keyboard. Garcia also emceed the Reader's Theater event.
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PCC student Dustin Sharpe takes part in "Scene Two" of Wednesday's Black History Month program. Sharpe read a love letter: "Abream Scriven to Dinah Jones." Jennifer Leigh reads a love letter: "Ann, a Missouri Slave, To Andrew Valentine, Her Soldier Husband." John Carter reads, "John Boston to His Wife, Elizabeth," a love letter written in January of 1862. John Adams (above) and his brother, William (not pictured), sing "Falling in Love with Jesus." William Adams smiles as he sings "Falling In Love with Jesus" by Kurt Whalem. Nicole Nicholas reads "To Nicey from Harvey," a love letter penned on Oct. 26, 1869.
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Ross Dunn reads a pair of love letters written in the 1890s. Haddock provided music throughout the program. PCC Basic Law Enforcement coordinator Jeff Robinson recites "Antebellum Sermon" by Paul Laurence Dunbar. Refreshments for the Feb. 14th program appropriately had a Valentine's Day theme. This year's Readers Theater program entitled Love Letters was organized and carried out by PCC's Multicultural Activities Committee, the college's Division of Arts and Sciences, and the PCC Student Government Association.