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2013 Black History Month

JoyFest 2013, a gospel concert featuring choirs from California University of Pennsylvania and four other colleges, is among the highlights as the university celebrates Black History Month in February.

Grammy Award-winner Myron Butler, a singer, songwriter, producer and choir director, will help to conduct workshops with Cal U’s Young and Gifted Gospel Choir and singers from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Slippery Rock, Clarion and Frostburg State universities.

The choirs, under the direction of Randy Tillmutt, a visiting scholar at Cal U’s Frederick Douglass Institute, will combine for a concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 in Steele Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Among the other highlights of Black History Month at Cal U:

  • Slam Poetry Student Showcase featuring “Asia Project,” 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Vulcan Theatre, Natali Studen Center – Spoken-word artist Asia has been featured on HBO’s “Def Poetry,” and was named performer of the year by the Association for the Promotion of Campus Activities.
  • Acoustic recording artist Chinua Hawk, 9 p.m. Feb. 14, Underground Café, Natali Student CenterChinua Hawk has written songs with Wyclef Jean and worked in the studio with producer/rapper Kanye West.
  • Black Violin, 7 p.m. Feb. 15, Steele Hall – Two classically trained musicians and their DJ blend jazz, hip-hop, funk and classical strings in this return visit to Cal U. Tickets are free for students with a CalCard and $25 for the public. 

Other events include “Decades of Fashion,” the second annual fashion show, at 8 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Performance Center in the Natali Student Center; and the history of black Greek organizations at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in Duda Hall.

The 10th annual Black Student Union Formal has been moved to 6 p.m. March 9. Tickets sold for the previous date will be honored. 

The public is welcome to attend all Black History Month events. 

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