Black history celebration set for DTC
Musical, reception planned for Covington and Clarkston

COVINGTON - DeKalb Technical College in Covington is planning a Black History Month celebration this week .

At 7 p.m. Thursday, the college's Student Affairs department will present "Celebrate As We Educate, Moments in Black History," a dramatic musical production.

The event, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a small reception, will be held in the auditorium at the college's Covington Campus, located at 16200 Alcovy Road in Covington. It is free and open to DTC students and the public.

"A lot of us never have the opportunity to go to the Fox (Theater in Atlanta), so this will let us enjoy a wonderful celebration with professional folks locally," said Amanda Taylor, dean of Student Affairs at DTC. "Come out and experience the tapestry of history as displayed through the creative arts."

Samuel O. Williams & Co. and the Americolor Alliance Opera Guild will present the performance, which will recognize and celebrate great moments in black history.

"It's like a seven-act play," Taylor said. "It will start with Mother Africa and go all the way through the 2009 inauguration of President (Barack) Obama."

The celebration also will feature music from such genres as ragtime, blues, gospel, rhythm and blues, funk and hip-hop.

"(Celebrating black history) is something that's 24/7, but this is the time given for us to stop and reflect and be grateful," Taylor said. "Everybody needs to realize the importance of how America was made."

The college will hold the same celebration at 7 p.m. Tuesday at its Clarkston Campus, located at 495 N. Indian Creek Drive in Clarkston.

For more information about the events, call the DTC Student Affairs Department at 404-297-9522, ext. 1291.

Michelle Floyd can be reached at michelle.floyd@newtoncitizen.com.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Celebrate As We Educate, Moments in Black History

· When: 7 p.m. Thursday (doors open and reception at 6:30 p.m.)

· Where: DeKalb Technical College's Covington Campus auditorium, 16200 Alcovy Road, Covington

· Cost: free and open to the public

· More Information: 404-297-9511, ext. 1291