American History Month at U.Va.
Pianist Herbie Hancock is Featured Among Wide Array of Cultural
22, 1999 -- Appearances by jazz pianist Herbie Hancock,
African scholar Ali A. Mazrui and storyteller Reanae McNeal will
highlight African American History Month activities at the University
of Virginia in February.
month begins with an exhibition at the Bayly
Art Museum continuing through March 28. "Y'a Nene: The Aesthetics
of 'Sweetness' in African Art and Performance" will include sculpture,
masks, textiles, music, dance and oral literature. Collections are
primarily from the Bayly Art Museum, supplemented by loans from
the National Museum of African Art. The event is free and open to
as a quintessential jazz artist, Herbie Hancock is scheduled to
perform on Friday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 and 10 p.m. in Old Cabell Hall.
Hancock has been a driving force in jazz for the past 35 years.
For concert ticket information call the box office at (804) 924-3984.
Hancock's appearance will kick off Jazz Fest '99, scheduled for
Feb. 19 to 21, and is sponsored by the Arts Board.
Saturday, Feb. 20, at 3:30 p.m. in the Helms Theater, saxophonist
Oliver Lake, formally of the World Saxophone Quartet, will perform
in a one-man show. Lake is a recipient of a 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship.
For ticket information call (804) 924-3984. The event is sponsored
by the Arts Board.
internationally-known African scholar will give the first Luther
P. Jackson Memorial Lecture on Friday, Feb. 12, at 3:30 p.m. in
Minor Hall Room 125. Ali A. Mazrui is the Albert Schweitzer Professor
in the Humanities and Director of the Institute of Global Cultural
Studies at State University at New York - Binghamton. He is also
the Albert Luthuli Professor-at-Large at the University of Jos in
Nigeria and Senior Scholar in African Studies at Cornell.
a Kenyan, is vice president of the Royal African Society in London,
an honorary Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and
member of the College of Fellows of the International Association
of Middle Eastern Studies. He is on the Board of Trustees of the
Oxford Center for Islamic Studies. Author of more than 20 books,
Mazrui helped create the PBS series "The African: A Triple Heritage."
He consults on issues including constitutional change and educational
reform and Islamic culture and Muslim history. The lecture is sponsored
by the Office of African-American Affairs.
Monday, Feb. 1, at 6:30 p.m. the Heritage Poetry Series will be
held in the Bayly Art Museum. The program, which is free and open
to the public, is sponsored by the Office of African-American Affairs
and the Black Student Alliance.
Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 7 p.m. First Fridays will present African-Caribbean
activities, including food and entertainment.
free event will be held in Newcomb Hall's Commonwealth Room.
Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. award-winning playwright Reanae McNeal
will present a one-woman dramatic play, "Blues Women Don't Wear
No Shoes." McNeal has continually challenged violence against African-American
women through her artistic work and lectures.
is free to the Helms Theater event. It is sponsored by the Women's
Center, the President's Office, the Office of the Vice President
and Provost and the Black Student Alliance.
Thursday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at the Helms theater, a panel will
discuss "African American Women in Performance: The Issues of the
Bold and Beautiful." Panelists include Amini Johari-Courts, professor
of drama at Coppin State College; Karen Turner Ward, professor of
drama and chairman of arts at Hampton; Donna Graham, artistic director
of the dance troupe Chihamba of Dancescapes; Marie Goodman-Hunter,
veteran actress from Richmond; Kyra Gaunt, ethnomusicologist and
assistant professor of music at U.Va.; and local teacher Teresa
Dowell Vest. The free event is sponsored by the Office of African-American
Affairs, the Department
of Drama, the Carter
G. Woodson Institute, Women's Studies program and Live Arts,
Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Thursday, Feb. 25, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.,
U.Va. law school graduate John Merchant will discuss the role of
African Americans in pioneering the wild west. "Black Women in the
West" will be discussed on Wednesday and "Black Cowboys" will be
Thursday's topic. Both talks will be held in Newcomb Hall Room 168A.
events, sponsored by the Office
of African American Affairs, are free and open to the public.
Merchant, the first African American to graduate from U.Va.'s law
school, received his degree in 1958.
more information about African American History Month events, contact
the Office of African-American Affairs at (804) 924-7923. Television
reporters should contact the TV News Office at (804) 924-7550.