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"The Passing of Pearl" Highlights Celebration of Black History Month at Bluefield State College

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    Thursday, January 26 2012
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    Jim Nelson/Media Relations - (304) 327-4103 jnelson@bluefieldstate.edu

(Bluefield)—The highly acclaimed play, "The Passing of Pearl" will be performed at Bluefield State College on February 3, highlighting an active month of programs and events to commemorate Black History Month at the College.

The play, written by local playwright Vain Colby, takes place in Memphis, TN during the 1980s at a diner next to the Lorraine Motel, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. There are four female characters, including Pearl, a "spirit" who watches the action and reacts, but never speaks. The play deals with secrets, forgiveness, the Civil Rights Movement, and friendships. It is a powerful, thought-provoking production, and audiences experience a wide range of human emotions. There is no admission charge to the play, which begins at 7 p.m. in the Basic Science Auditorium.

The schedule of activities at Bluefield State College has been developed through the collaborative efforts of the following campus offices: Multicultural Affairs, Student Life, Alumni Affairs, the BSC Student Government Association, BSC Library, and the President's Office. All events are free and open to the public.

Other events during the month include:

February 1-17
8 a.m.-4 p.m.—Hebert Gallery
Black Inventors Poster Display

February 8
Noon—Hebert Gallery
"Stereotyping in Media" forum and program

February 16
11:30 a.m.—Hebert Gallery
Black Food Infusion & Black History "Jeopardy" competition

February 21-March 2
Noon—Hebert Gallery
Plantation Quilts Display

February 21
11:30 a.m.—Hebert Gallery
Workshop on the meaning of the Plantation Quilts

Additional information about these programs can be obtained by contacting Dr. Cureg (304) 327-4512, or scureg@bluefieldstate.edu; or Joan Buchanan (304) 327-4186.