For Immediate Release
DALLAS - Rhythms and Sounds of Poetry test the literary, musical and dramatic talents of the employees, students and guests of Brookhaven College. The public is welcome for this free performance on Feb. 5 at 10:30 a.m. in the Performance Hall, for “It's Showtime at the Apollo: Celebrating the Harlem Renaissance.”
Selena Stewart-Alexander, English professor, organizes the annual event, Brookhaven College’s link to the Dallas County Community College District’s Black History Month celebrations and activities. Using the Harlem Renaissance as the background, the audience will be treated to the poetry and music from 1917 to 1935, the era when Harlem was in its heyday as a thriving cultural center.
During this time span, actors, artists, dancers, painters, poets, such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen and Zora Neale Hurston, and musicians, such as Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, and Cab Calloway, found a highly receptive audience and a place to exhibit and publish their works. Through the recitation of their poems, the playing of their music, and the participation of the audience, the Harlem of the early 20th century will be brought back to life once again on Brookhaven’s stage.
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