Jazz Concert and Umoja Reception Kicks off Black History Month

Posted: January 30, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Effgen

Black History Month’s kick-off weekend begins tomorrow with “Freedom’s Song: the Quest for Education, Justice, and Equality,” an evening of musical performances by the George Mason University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Duke Ellington School for the Arts Show Choir and Jazz Trio.

The musicians will perform jazz legend Dr. Billy Taylor’s composition “The Peaceful Warrior,” a jazz cantata based on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The performance, which will be held at the Center for the Arts Concert Hall at 8 p.m., will be followed by a reception.

The kick-off weekend continues with the Umoja Campus Fellowship and Outreach Reception on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. The African American-based organizations and the Office of Diversity Programs and Services will host a nondenominational church service and soul food reception. Students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited.

The theme for Black History Month at George Mason this year is “Brown vs. Board of Education: Jubilee Commemoration.” The events are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, African American Studies Program, Department of Music, Office of the Provost, and University Life.

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