HIGH POINT, N.C., Feb. 18, 2014 – Students at High Point University are hosting a Black Heritage Service on Feb. 23 at 5 p.m. in honor of Black History Month. The event will be held in the Hayworth Chapel; it is free and open to the public.
HPU’s Diversity Club and Black Cultural Awareness chapter will host the service that will include poetry, song and dance performances from students. Proceeds from the offering will be donated to the American Heart Association.
The service will also feature a presentation and message from Clint Smith, educator and poet from Parkdale High School in Prince George’s County, Md. Smith combines his passion for poetry and justice to teach students the importance of their own stories as catalysts for meaningful social action. In addition to teaching, Smith serves as the school’s slam poetry coach and is the founder of Collective Voice for Justice, which empowers and trains students to become community organizers. He is an Individual World Poetry Slam finalist and was a member of Washington D.C.’s 2012 & 2013 National Slam Poetry Teams. His poetry has been featured on TVOne’s Verses & Flow and at the International AIDS Conference, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and Teach for America’s annual alumni conference.
“As a club who focuses on the lives and heritage of African Americans, it is our job to ensure that the students of High Point University experience some of the most beautiful history of our nation,” says Danielle Criss, sophomore at HPU and co-president of BCA. “This service is an opportunity to experience a semi-traditional African American church setting by using aspects of art to learn about black heritage. We hope that people will leave this event inspired to do something great.”