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African-American Heritage Celebration at STLCC-Florissant Valley

January 29, 2013

Discover more on African American heritage at St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley during a month-long celebration in February. The kick-off celebration will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 6 in the Multipurpose Room on campus, 3400 Pershall Road.

The event will feature the Angela-Kumasi Nankama Aswad Kambeng African Dance and Drumming team; a story of Elijah Lovejoy presented by Barnes Bradshaw from the Missouri History Museum; musical performances as well as free soul food and giveaways. Genesis Steele, African-American Male Initiative interim director, will give the keynote address.

Throughout the month there will be numerous discussions, lectures, exhibits and presentations. For a complete schedule of events, view the PDF flyer.  

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 grand finale will feature "A Tribute to Whitney Houston," by Cheryl Brown and Friends. The performance will take place from noon-2:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Terry M. Fischer Theatre. Cheryl Brown is one of St. Louis' most sought-after vocalists. She began performing at the age of four and made her first recording by age 15. She has performed here and internationally with such well-known names as Anthony Hamilton, Theo Peoples, Walter Hawkins and the Clark Sisters. Brown also appeared in the Patti LaBelle Show at the St. Louis History Museum. 

For more information, call 314-513-4291. All events are free and open to the public. Special accommodations are available for persons with disabilities by calling 314-513-4551.