History comes to life through music, speech

Three children took part in a recent chapel celebration of black history month, reciting the 50 states with each capital and prominent figures of African-American history in rhyme.

Other performers included a mother-daughter duet of “Because of Who You Are,” a solo performance of “Amazing Grace” and a rave-dance/light show by junior Christian ministry major Ryan Brack.

Sophomore elementary education major Emily Phillips enjoyed the children’s routine and the way the school used chapel as a tool to inform.

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“The child performers were awesome. It was amazing how much they knew and how much they could remember,” she said. “I think that black history chapel is a great way to celebrate black history month.”

Phillips embraces the recognition of African-American leaders as a chance to enhance the country’s rich culture.

She said, “Black history is important to me because I think we should celebrate and learn about all the different cultures in our country.”

Sophomore elementary education major Sarah Wooten thinks the importance of black history month lies in biblical principles.

“I think it is important for people to celebrate the freedom God has given all of us. Equality is a vital part of American society, and now everyone is given the same opportunities as the next person,” she said. “I think our school did a good job at celebrating black history. The chapel was informing and enjoyable.”

Gospel Fest, Feb. 16, was another event bringing attention to black history month.

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It showcased nine acts, including five solo performances and four group collaborations.

Director of Student Relations & Community Service Dr. George Harrison and senior Christian ministry major Brandon Blackshear introduced the performers.

Shelton Theater was filled with people from across the central Texas area.

The audience was enthusiastic about the performers, standing, clapping and swaying with the music.
Some moments in the evening left audience members crying.

Sophomore biology major Viktoria Meadows thought the two events could have been combined into one to attract a larger crowd and make the celebration bigger.

“I think that if the school would have combined black history chapel and Gospel Fest, the turnout to the event could turn it into something as popular as Spring Revival,” she said. “It would be nice to enjoy some gospel and learn more about black history in a larger celebration rather than within the confines of chapel.”

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