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Black History Month Event


Wednesday, February 20




Cumberland County College will present a Celebration of Black History at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in the Luciano Conference Center, Sherman Avenue and College Drive. The celebration is free and open to the public. Keynote speaker is Lauretta M. Pierce, an inspirational speaker, author and domestic violence advocate. A native of Cumberland County, Pierce found herself struggling to provide for her four children after becoming a single, divorced mother. Pierce believes God’s guidance made it possible for her to build “Covenant Cookies,” a gourmet inspirational cookie business. Pierce started her company in 2004 with no employees, no experience in business or baking, and with no money. The company has grown into a global business, with manufacturing plants based in Georgia and California. At 11 a.m., “Of Ebony Embers” takes to the Luciano Theatre stage to present “Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance.” This innovative show combines theater with chamber music and celebrates the music and poetry of the Harlem Renaissance era in New York City. The performance features music by jazz greats Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, Billy Strayhorn, Thelonius Monk and Charles Mingus. The narrative examines the lives of renowned African-American poets Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Claude McKay as seen through the eyes of muralist and painter Aaron Douglas. For more information about CCC’s Celebration of Black History, call 691-8600 ext. 257 or 250.