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Musical Events Celebrate Black History Month at Duquesne

Two free, special musical events will help Duquesne University and the community to commemorate Black History Month on Wednesday, Feb. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 22.

Shika Tamaa, which means “Live for Hope” in Swahili, will mark the occasion with song, dance and spoken word, in the Duquesne Ballroom of the Duquesne Union on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The program will feature African drumming and vocal performances by students of Pittsburgh Dilworth Pre-K – 5. Students of the Northside Urban Pathways Charter School, grades 6-12, will perform African drumming, vocal and poetry presentations.

This event is sponsored by Duquesne’s Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and the Black Student Union. For more information, contact the OMA at 412.396.1117.

On Sunday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m. the sixth annual New Beginnings Ministry’s Gospel Explosion will bring together Gospel choirs, step teams, mime ministries and spoken word ministries from various Pittsburgh area universities.

Students, staff, faculty and the local community are invited to this celebration, which provides a chance to hear and see numerous art forms fused with Gospel music. This event also will be staged in the Duquesne Ballroom of the Union.

More information on this event is available from Kara Tarawaly, tarawalyk@duq.edu.

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