Black History Month celebrations feature African American Culture & Arts

Friday, February 1, 2019
Written by: Seminole State Staff

To commemorate Black History Month, Seminole State College of Florida will host a series of events highlighted by a visit from the nationally acclaimed Soul Steps. Based out of New York City, the group’s presentation expands the presence of stepping throughout the world while creating avenues for cultural exchange and awareness among diverse communities. 

For over a century, step dancers have used their bodies as percussive instruments to create a new physical language that inspires, celebrates and forges community. 

Dr. Gerald Jones, director of the Office of Student Life at Seminole State, said this year’s series of activities focuses more on cultural arts.  Soul Steps will bring an explosive art to the college, combined with a high-energy performance that combines percussive movement, hip-hop rhythms, and audience participation. 

“I’m hoping for many outcomes, including an opportunity for students to learn from the history these performers bring to our institution, said Jones.”

The Black History Month Programs are sponsored by The Office of Student Life and co-sponsored by the Pursuing ALL Careers Together Club, as well as the African American Cultural Forum. 

In addition to the Soul Steps presentation, several Black History Month activities will be held at each of the College’s campuses featuring African-American music, art, fashion, food and more. All events are open to the public.

“Not only do these programs play a key component on the overall educational experiences of our students, they also reflect the core values at our institution,” said Dr. Jones. 

Black History Month events: 

Soul Steps (Three performances)
Tuesday, Feb. 12
Altamonte Springs Campus
Outside Grass Area
Noon – 2:00 pm

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Sanford/Lake Mary Campus
Student Center West Patio
Noon – 2:00 pm

Thursday, Feb. 14
Oviedo Campus
Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Soul food, trivia, and free giveaways 
Wednesday, Feb. 13
Heathrow Campus
5:00 p.m. -7:00 pm

Black History Annual Extravaganza/Fashion Show
Thursday, Feb. 21
Oviedo Campus
Free Food
Noon – 2:00 pm

Screenings of the movie: “Something The Lord Made”
Thursday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28
Altamonte Springs
Room 217
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 pm

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About the Office of Student Life

The Office of Student Life at Seminole State, which has offices on all four campuses, oversees more than 50 student clubs and organizations, provides free student activities and entertainment, and hosts leadership retreats for students. For more information, please visit the Student Life website.