In celebration of Black History Month in
the United States, the U.S. Embassy, Montevideo, is sponsoring
an Evening of Poetry and Candombe in Uruguay. The Centro
Cultural por la Paz y la Integración, Abilene Christian
University and Lipscomb University are also participating
in this cultural celebration.
The event, which features local performers
and a visit by Dr. Rhonda Collier of Lipscombe University,
Nashville, Tennessee, is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. Thursday,
Feb. 19, at the Centro de la Paz e lntegracion, Minas 1562.
The evening will include performances by
Elumbe, winners of the 2004 Las Llamadas, Beatriz Santos,
Elumbe founder, followed by an invitation to participants
to read poetry and a drumming session. Also included are
a talk on the History of Candombe, presented by Professor
Oscar Montana and Tomas Oliviera as well as a presentation
by Dr. Collier on Black History in the United States. Students
from ACU will sing selected hymns.
Dr. Collier, a former Fulbright Scholar
from Brazil and currently a literature professor at Lipscomb
University, is leading a study-abroad group of 12 students
to Montevideo this semester (January through May). Her research
and writing involve Afro-Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and African
American women's contemporary poetry. During her stay in
Uruguay, Dr. Collier plans to expand her research to include
Black History Month grew from the original
celebration of 'Negro History Week," launched in 1915
by Carter G. Woodson, a historian interested in education.
He founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and
History and through this organization began pressing for
a week to recognize and honor Black Americans. Woodson choose
the second week in February because it contained the birthdays
of two people he felt significantly affected the lives of
Black Americans: Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.
In 1926, the U.S. Government officially
recognized 'Negro History Week." Much later in 1976,
the newly renamed Association for the Study of Afro-American
Life and History succeeded in promoting this week into Black