Black History Month at COD Kicks Off with a Lively Performance by the African Dance and Music Institute
By Robyn Johnson
A month-long series of events celebrating Black History Month kicked off Feb. 2 at College of DuPage with a foot-stomping performance by the African Dance and Music Institute. Traditional drums and instruments, wind chimes, a tambourine, saxophone and beautiful voices entertained more than 150 students, employees and community members with songs from West Africa, the Island of Jamaica and soothing sounds of jazz and the blues. Audience members participated in singing together the Black National Anthem performed by the COD Chamber Singers and led by Music Director and Professor Lee Kesselman, followed by comments from David Swope, COD Manager of Student Diversity and Inclusion, COD President Dr. Ann Rondeau and Michael Childress of the NAACP of DuPage County. Members of the COD African American Student Alliance also spoke words of hope and strength, asking participants to “work together toward educational success and reaching their goals” and to remember that “black history is American history.” The opening ceremony ended with audience members on their feet, dancing along with members of the African Dance and Music Institute. Please visit www.cod.edu/BHM for a detailed list of upcoming events to further celebrate Black History Month at College of DuPage over the next several weeks.
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