Department presents “Up From Slavery and Up ‘Til Now”
Communications and English Department presented the Black
History Program, “Up
From Slavery and Up ‘Til Now” on Feb. 15 at The
Centre. This presentation featured students from Halifax
Community College and Roanoke Valley Early College with
dance, interpretation of literature, poetry, multimedia
slideshows and songs.
HCC Communications Instructor
Sharon Askew explained that from 1450-1750, Europeans
traveled to Africa and started a trans-Atlantic slave trade
that brought millions of Africans to America. This led to a
new social system, “one where the color of one’s skin would
determine whether he or she would be free or enslaved,”
Askew said. With resistance, African-Americans found hope
and faith in the message of equality through the Christian
faith. “It was this very potent message from the Christian
songs that brought encouragement for many slaves to think
about escaping,” she added.
included: Dr. Erica Holmes, Sharon Askew, Randy Keemer,
Zachary Isles, Sherette Edwards, Edward Garner, Angela
Person, Michael Prossner, Maritza Watson, Frank Wilkinson,
Marquita Williams, Kenny Jones, Shaun Stokes, Kim Dailey,
Susan Merchant, Sade Brown, and Shauna Jones & Company.
Also, Teresa Squire, Kristopher Cherry, Jamie Powell,
Adrienne Banks, Lenora Williams, Lindsey Robistow, Willie
Shields, Christian Alston, Sandra Weden’s class, ThreAnn,
Jennifer Burgess, and Dr. Harriet Morrison.
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