Planning Underway for CCC Cultural Awareness Week
CLARKSDALE — Members of Coahoma Community College’s Cultural Awareness Week Planning Committee gathered this week to begin preparations for the celebration that will begin on Monday, March 31st and continue through April 6th. The college will be celebrating it 65th year of existence with a myriad of events including guest speakers, the CCC Talk Show, the presentation of the Dr. Nathaniel Lowe Scholarships, a Founders Day program, a choir concert and a talent show featuring many local groups from the Clarksdale and Coahoma County area.
The theme of this year’s celebration — “The Spark Still Glows and the Journey is Not Over”.
Kicking off this year’s events on March 31 will be the presentation of the Dr. Nathaniel Lowe Scholarships beginning at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle. Lowe is a retired U.S. Marine and serves as the founder of Nate Lowe and Associates Consulting Services in San Diego, California, which specializes in assisting new businesses and existing businesses enter into the market of Substance Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation service. He said his successes never would’ve been possible had it not been for the opportunities given to him by Coahoma Community College. Lowe is currently offering six $500 scholarships to CCC students. Requirements include a 3.8 GPA and a two-page essay regarding the educational goals and their plans to use it to benefit society. Students can apply for the scholarships through March 17.
March 31 will also feature the “The CCC Talk Show” being held in the Georgia Lewis Theatre beginning at 6:30 p.m. Discussions will revolve around the past, present and future of Coahoma Community College.
On April 1st and 3rd, special guest lectures will be held at noon in the Magnolia Room of the Zee A. Barron Student Union. Final preparations are being made to confirm the guest lecturers and a forthcoming announcement will be made soon. On Tuesday (April 1) evening at 6:30 p.m. in the Pinnacle, the Reverend Dr. Lance E. Brown and his Public Awareness Theatre will be performing their original play, “The Circle of Love”.
Brown, who was forced from the pulpit by illness, founded the Public Awareness Theatre ministry in 1984. He has developed six plays that his team of traveling actors has presented in 39 states, he said. The ministry functions out of Baton Rouge, but the cast and director are based in Atlanta. “Circle of Love” is about life itself, and features couples that find themselves at odds over issues, including hairstyles and placement of tattoos, issues they ultimately work through as God comes into their lives and changes them for the better.
April 2nd is Coahoma Community College’s Founders Day celebration beginning at 10 a.m. in the Pinnacle. At 6:30 p.m. that evening, the Student Government Association will be putting together an evening worship service.
On April 3, the Cultural Awareness Talent Show will be held in the Pinnacle at 6:30 pm., and will feature local acts including the Delta Blues Museum’s DMB Band, groups from schools W.A. Higgins and George H. Oliver, the CCC Jazz Combo and local dance groups the Jazzy Divas and The Sparkling Jewels.
The weeklong string of events will culminate on Sunday, April 6th when the Coahoma Community College and Agricultural High School Concert Choir perform their Spring Concert beginning at 6:30 p.m. The location of this performance is TBA.