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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts African-American Heritage Celebration

January 21, 2011

Discover more about African-American heritage at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley during a month-long celebration in February. The kickoff celebration has been postponed to Feb. 17 and will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. Those who are unable to attend or participate in the festivities, may visit: www.ustream.tv/channel/stlcc-fv for a live webcast of the celebration.

The event will feature the Angela-Kumasi Nankama Aswad Kambeng African Dance and Drumming team; a hip-hop, modern and contemporary dance ensemble; a discussion of the abolitionist movement in Missouri; a story of Elijah Lovejoy presented by Barnes Bradshaw from the Missouri History Museum; musical performances by Florissant Valley students as well as free soul food and giveaways.

Throughout the month there will be numerous panel discussions, lectures and presentations. On Feb. 24, Dr. Priscilla A. Dowden-White will discuss the publication of her new book, "Groping toward Democracy: African-American Social Welfare Reform in St. Louis, 1910-1949." Dr. Dowden-White will present a fascinating view of local community organizing and institution building initiated by African-American social welfare reformers during the first half of the 20th century. "Groping toward Democracy" depicts the dilemmas organizers faced in this segregated time pursuing the goal of full, uncontested citizenship while seeking to maximize the benefits available in segregated institutions. The event will take place 11 a.m.-noon in the David L. Underwood Library, IR 319.

All events, sponsored by Campus Life, are free and open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available for download.

African-American History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African-Americans. The event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African-Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as African-American History Month.

The closing celebration will feature a Step Show competition 6-9 p.m. Feb. 25 in the Florissant Valley gymnasium. Dance troupes will perform creative, synchronized steps, and prizes will be awarded to the top three dance troops.

For more information, call 314-513-4291. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4551.