ACU plans Black History Month events

Posted January 20, 2016

ACU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs and Black Students Association will honor Black History Month with a worship service, a movie showing and an original play.

The second annual Black History Service will take place from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 7 in ACU’s Chapel on the Hill. The event will feature special guests Pastor Larry and Angela Powell of Embassy Christian Ministries in Odessa, Texas. Guest artist Heather Hopson will perform several solos in addition to singing with the Black Students Association singers. Hopson is a counselor at Grand Prairie ISD and a singer/songwriter.

Prentice Ashford, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said the interfaith service will include a cappella and instrumental worship, prayer and a message.

“So many people have a different ideas of what a predominately black service looks like,” Ashford said. “This a good way to come experience a different way of praising God.”   

OMA will continue to honor Black History Month with a showing of the movie “The Butler” at 7 p.m. Feb. 23 in Cullen Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public. Ashford said the movie is thought-provoking and will “speak for itself” about black history.       

The Black History Production is scheduled for March 4 at 7 p.m. at the Paramount Theatre. The original play features a diverse cast and a unique blend of songs, poems and dances. Khamisie Green, BSA president and senior music education major from Odessa, Texas, wrote the play to showcase black culture while breaking down stereotypes.

“Other races are represented in the play, because black history does not just involve black people,” Green said.

The plot centers on a 19-year-old girl who is caught up in a gang and must make a choice to return home to her parents. The play is set in the ’90s in a fictional North Carolina town where people are split into Units based on wealth. Narrators, called “The Blues,” sing between scenes. Although there are multiple subplots, all the characters eventually cross paths and weave one unified story. Green worked with Sheila Haines, BSA vice president and junior nursing major, to combine poetry into the script.

“The purpose of the play is to blow holes in stereotypes and just showcase that there is a reality that people live every day,” Green said.   

Tickets go on sale Jan. 25. They are $6 for general admission and $5 for students, and can be purchased at acu.edu/oma or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the ACU Campus Center.


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