Library lines up experts on African American and African history


Producer Linda Epps and artist Lawrence Green are again teaming up, making an impact on Black History Month.

Black History Month 2020 will take into account, “Dreaming & Remembering in Black,” opening Feb. 7, noon to 5 p.m., at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 S. Beach St., Ormond Beach.  An artist’s window display will be included.

Green also will pay tribute to his departed friends, Andrew Moore, Carl Owens, Randy Greene, Kilus White Sr., and Ted Munro.

The achievements of African Americans and people of African descent will again be cherished through writer/artist/educator Eleanor McDaniel with a talk on African American female artists.

From the National Association of Black Storytellers, Clara Bivens, M.S. Ed., will follow and present “Stories, Stories, Nothing But Stories!”

Imani Kinshasa, R.N., fashion commentator/model, is ready and set to go with “Who Was Sojourner Truth?”

And Nile Valley historian Robert Whiting, who has researched Africa for 40-plus years, will speak on “The First Woman to Rule an Empire.”

Moreover, Pat Hicks-Smith, vice president of the East Florida Chapter of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, will bring her expertise, Feb. 15, 11 a.m., at the Carl S. Swisher Memorial Library of Bethune-Cookman University, 640 Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach.

For further details, call Kathryn Pase at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 386-676-4191, ext. 4.

Linda  Epps Lawrence  Green Robert  Whiting Clara  Bivens Gerri Wright￾Gibson Imani  Kinshasa Chauncey Dunham

City Lites to host Dinner dance

Come, meet some of the Motown & Mo’ performers as City Lites will present a Red & White Dinner Dance.

It’s a scholarship fundraiser from the Motown & Mo’ producers of the show, reigning with
R&B, doo-wop, hip-hop and jazz.

That’s Feb. 8, 6 to 10 p.m., at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway N.E., Palm Coast.

It’s a semi-formal affair.

Food, along with a set-up, will be provided, in addition to your bringing your own bag (B.Y.O.B.)

The donation is $35, and no tickets can be purchased at the door.

To purchase tickets, contact
Ruthie Saunders, 386-446-9160,
Mamie Cauley, 254-466-8001, or
Ruby Sims, 386-447-8461.

Upcoming shows from Dante Production

Chauncey Dunham, COO and vice president of Dante Production, has provided some insight on 2020 shows.

He mentions that they do not promise all of the shows on the playlist. However, they have a fantastic mix to choose from.

Dante 2020 intends on presenting “Strings and Things,” “Jazz on the  Green,” “From I. L. Quartiero (DooWop) to the Barrio (Spanish),” “The Living Legend Tribune,” “Jazz with the Train,” “A Tribute to the Ladies of Soul,” and “A Broadway Star Relived.”

Dunham writes, “Many new things will be included, and I plan on asking Musical Director Daphne Cooper to work with Chris Clarke to get the jazz package together.

“The light within is now burning bright, and during my conversation with Gerri Wright-Gibson, I expressed my desire to enhance the diversity of the show’s content.

Wright-Gibson stressed  the importance  of including the diversity of all areas,” Dunham continued.

Wright-Gibson reigns as the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild’s former president, the financial arm of presenting world-class performances at the Peabody Auditorium.

Dunham continued, “And, we are working on ‘Strings and Things’ for R&B.

“Quanita May, Daytona Beach City Commissioner for Zone 3, was asked to open this show, which will be held on April 18 at Bank and Blues, 701 Main St., Daytona Beach,’’ he added

Showtime is 8 p.m. and the doors will open 7 p.m.


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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to
Margaret James Young, Feb. 7;
Glenda Anderson, Feb. 8;
and Lillian Gaddis, Feb. 12.



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