More info on February program….

Posted By Bill Payer on Jan 22, 2024 | 0 comments

We have a special program coming up on Saturday,  February 10!

Different time, different day of the week, different venue, different format!  Details below.
In commemoration of Black History Month, join the Daniel Island Historical Society and Bishop England High School for  “Let’s Try Love: African American History through the Performing Arts”,  a special Q&A discussion with Donald O’Conner, founder and director of the Watoto Academy for the Performing Arts.

This speaker’s event held in partnership between DIHS and Bishop England High School will take place  from 5:30-6:30pm, just prior to Watoto’s celebration of the Harlem Renaissance at BEHS’ Performing Arts Center. 

O’Connor’s talk will be followed by a brief time to mingle.

The dance performance entitled, “The Joint is Jumpin’,” begins at 7 p.m.

Both the discussion and the performance are free!

Donald O’Conner founded the Watoto Academy more than 25 years ago in Memphis, Tennessee as a way to reverse deep-rooted negative patterns of thinking and behavior among local urban youth.

He brought the program to Meeting Street Academy in Charleston in 2014. The idea was that if students could focus on powering academics and social-emotional skills through rich experiences in the arts, learning would come to life as they experienced African and African-American music, dance, performance styles, literature and history.

Today, Watoto’s student dancers and musicians travel the country sharing a powerful message of love through their performances. Make plans to join us for this unique opportunity to hear directly from Mr. O’Conner on how this program is changing the way communities experience, celebrate, and understand African American culture.

Again, please note this event is on a different day of the week, at a different time, and at a different venue than our typical monthly programs. 

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