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San Jacinto College
News Release
Monday, January 30, 2012

College hosting events for African American History Month

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College (SJC) will host events that highlight African American culture in conjunction with African American History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

On Monday, Feb. 6 at 12 p.m. the Bernard Woma Ensemble will bring percussion-driven music and dance to the North Campus, located at 5800 Uvalde in the North Channel area. The ensemble is directed by Bernard Woma, a noted composer and virtuoso musician from Ghana. Bernard will be accompanied by his protégés Kofi Ameyaw and Mark Stone, along with dancers Sulley Imoro and Peace Elewonu. The group will perform Woma’s innovative compositions for the gyil (the Ghanaian xylophone). The concert will be held in the Monument Room, located in the Slovacek Student Center.

On Tuesday, Feb. 7 at 11:30 a.m. the Bernard Woma Ensemble will perform music and dance at the SJC Central Campus, located at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. The Woma performance will be held in the café area of the Newton Student Center.

On Wednesday, Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. the Bernard Woma Ensemble will perform music and dance at the SJC South Campus, located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. The Woma performance will be held in the atrium of the J.D. Bruce Student Center.

On Monday, Feb. 13 at 11:30 a.m. the South Campus will host a presentation by the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum in the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center auditorium. The event will include a historical presentation, and a re-enactment entitled “A Soldier’s Story.”

On Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 11 a.m., the North Campus will host an African American Read-in, which will also be held in the Monument Room. The theme for the event will be “Houston’s Winds of Change.” The program will consist of video clips, as well as oral presentations and singing performed by San Jacinto College students, faculty, and staff members. Excerpts from a wide range of poetry, prose, and speeches will be read, such as “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Martin Luther King, and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Maya Angelou. A highlight will be a timeline presentation that highlights notable Houston area civil rights events.

PHOTO CUTLINE: The Bernard Woma Ensemble features musicians (from left) Bernard Woma, Kofi Ameyaw, and Mark Stone. The group will perform at San Jacinto College’s South and North campuses during February in conjunction with African American History Month. Photo courtesy of Dennis Collins.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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