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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Celebrate Black History: Events, Concerts, Programs

The displays of African American artists in a variety media types continue to be exhibited in Kingsport in the Renaissance Center Atrium Gallery during Black History Month.

To view a slideshow of the exhibits at the Renaissance Center, please click here.

On Saturday, February 27, a wide variety of workshops will be open to the public. Chairman Stella Robinette noted, "We'll have traditional African dress and food, as well as opportunities to explore drama, dance, drumming." The day-long celebration starts at noon and continues through 6 pm at the Kingsport Renaissance Center. Classes and workshops will be held on the second and third floors and in the theatre.

There was a time when you could walk every street in Riverview and 'cross town, and you could tell exactly what everybody was having for dinner. All you had to do was sniff the air. On Friday, February 19th, get your taste buds ready for some of that good ole down home soul food cooking we used to smell from every home in the neighborhood! It's down home cooking from past to present. This time, you don't have to stand outside and smell the good food.. it's inside at the Soul Food Gathering. Click on the flyer to get details.

It's the 7th Annual Black History Month event sponsored by the New Vision Youth Kids and Kingsport Parks and Recreation. This event on Sunday, February 21st, promises to be bigger and better than ever, with singing, praise dancing, inspirational speeches and entertainment. This year, the event is being hosted by the Central Baptist Church. The program from the New Vision Youth Kids is always one of the highlights of Black History Month. Come on out and help support the youth of our community, as they're making decisions in their lives that lead in a positive direction. Please click on the flyer for more information.


The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport is also pleased to present A Celebration of Black History with the Claflin University Concert Choir, 7:30 PM on Friday, February 26 at the Eastman Employee Center Theatre. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by call the Central Box Office at 423-392-8417 or 423-392-8417, and on-line at Discounts available for groups of 10 or more. This concert has been coordinated through the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Kingsport in cooperation with the Mayor's Task Force for Black History Month.

On Saturday February 27 the third annual Black History Month arts workshops will be held at the Kingsport Renaissance Center . These workshops are open to the public and will give school age participants an opportunity to explore many arts forms. Sessions will cover drumming, drama, step dance, head wrap arts and African cuisine sampling.

Featured sessions will include Tap classes lead by Terrance Taps of Atlanta , Ga. and vocal workshops by the Claflin University Concert Choir. Additional instructors are Kingsport residents or natives that have excelled in their fields and will include LaVonda Price, Visions Studio, Head wraps; Richie Hicks, Drumming; Gerrie Harrison, African Cuisine Tasting; Xavier Hall, Step Dance; Starr Releford, Drama. Workshops sessions are approximately 1 hour each and begin at noon through 6pm.

For three years the Black History Month Committee, chaired by Stella Robinette, has put together these workshops to focus on sharing artistic talents with the Kingsport community. In order to promote learning about the talents of many Black artists Elementary and Middle School students in Kingsport City Schools can earn homework passes by attending workshops.

The public is welcome to also come view the Atrium Gallery show of Black artists. A health screening area will also be included.

Sunday, February 28 - 4pm
Kingsport Center For Higher Education
300 West Market Street
Kingsport, TN

Program guests will include:

Full Gospel Mission #2 (Greeneville, TN)
Revelation Men's Choir (Kingsport)
C.B.C. Celebration of Praise Choir (Kingsport)
Evangelist Ada Ruth Moultry (Soloist) - Kingsport
Praise/Interpretive Dancers

2010 Catch The Vision Scholarship will be awarded

Reception following program

(This program is free to the public, but we do receive a free will offering
that is goes in the scholarship fund.)