Even though February is drawing to a close, there are still many exciting events happening in Middle Georgia in honor of Black History Month, ranging from spiritual to artistic. Dancing, concerts, sermons and talks by prominent members of society are going to be in especially high supply in the coming week. Here are a few highlights:
The Rev. Al Sharpton
On Sunday, the Rev. Al Sharpton will speak at Beulahland Bible Church at the 11 a.m. service. Though he is a well-known civil rights activist, Sharpton has been invited to be a guest speaker at Beulahland, and the church is not hosting a special program.
Keith King, Beulalands chief operating officer, said Sharpton was one of several speakers lined up this month, and joins the ranks of Chester Fontenot as a speaker for the churchs Celebrate Black History Month event. King could not comment on what Sharpton will be speaking about, but he said that it was just a regular service, for Beulahland, and that there are also services being held at 7:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
The church is located at 1010 Newberg Ave. Visit beulahland.org for more information.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Hayiya Dance Theatre, the oldest West African dance ensemble in Middle Georgia, will perform Confections! at the Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The show celebrates the ensembles 16th season, and will include dancers from Hayiyas different years of production. There are also a few dancers from each of Hayiyas three schools joining the show to help celebrate the anniversary.
The show will include excerpts from their fall production Off the Wall, where the dancers use movement to tell the stories of visual arts. The show will focus on West African dance, though it also will feature contemporary, hip-hop and praise dance. Pilar Wilder, founder, choreographer and artistic director, said that the show will be enjoyed by all ages, from little children to adults, and the event is geared toward the whole family.
After the show, there will be a Sweet 16 Party held in the Annex next to the Douglass that will include cupcakes and more dancing. Cost is $8. Call 742-2000 for more information.
Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George
Middle Georgia State College is hosting several Black History Month events, including a talk with Brig. Gen. Cedric D. George at 5 p.m. Tuesday on the colleges Warner Robins campus. The brigadier general is commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base.
He has leadership experiences with the Air Force and has served at the Pentagon, as well as Air Force bases in Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Alabama, Georgia, Hawaii, Oklahoma, Turkey and Japan. He is also a recipient of the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal with four oak leaf clusters and the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster. The event is free. Call 471-2710 for more information.
More Black History Month events
The Spirituality of Black Music: From Past to Present: 7 p.m. Friday, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Featuring Oscar Jackson and Quartet with special performance by Bethel CME Church choir. Semi-formal attire. 746-8007. $25.
Black History Month Cemetery Cleanup: 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Linwood Cemetery, Walnut Street between Pursley Street and Grant Avenue. Sponsored my Macon Preservation Corporation. To volunteer, come out or call MPC president Alice Jackson, 746-0589.
Celebrating African American Women In Music: 6 p.m. Saturday, Douglass Theatre, 355 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Presented by Kali Dance Studio for the Arts. $15. 742-2000.
Pilar Wilder: 5 p.m. Monday, Walker Auditorium, Middle Georgia State Colleges Warner Robins campus. Wilder owns Hayiya Dance Theatre Movement Institute and Center for Cultural Arts, has performed and served as choreographer and artistic director there and taught at area colleges and public schools. 471-2710. Free.
Dr. Eleanor Fleming: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Students Center, Middle Georgia State Colleges Dublin campus. Fleming is epidemic intelligence service officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Her topic will be At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. 471-2710. Free.