Celebrating Black History Month

The Sankofa drummers and dancers perform during African American History Live at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center Friday in Dover. (Delaware State News/Marc Clery)

Additional shows of “African American History Live” will take place today at noon and 4 p.m. at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in downtown Dover.

The Sankofa Steel Drum Ensemble will perform and presentations will spotlight African-American sorority and fraternity life in Kent County, the influence of the black church, Kent’s separate public-school system and Kent County politics. Those programs will be presented by Dr. Rheba Hollingsworth, the Rev. John Moore, Dr. Bobbie Jones and Dr. Don Blakey, respectively.

Presented by the Delaware State News, with expanded events after a successful first year in 2017, the second annual Citywide Black History Celebration kicked off on Feb. 1 with a chorale concert at Delaware State University. In addition to the Sankofa events, there is also an ongoing exhibit of artwork by African American artists of Greater Dover and Kent County at the Biggs Museum of American Art.

Today’s shows are from noon to 1:30 p.m. and 4 to 5:30 p.m.; doors open an hour before each show.

The events are free, but tickets to guarantee seating are required. Tickets are available at the Biggs Museum. Ticket holders must be seated by 15 minutes before the performance start time. Doors will be opened to the public at that time. For information, visit www.delmarvaevents.net/.

The Sankofa dancer Robine Cece Saintile performs during African American History Live at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover.

The Sankofa Steel Drum Ensemble performs during African American History Live at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover.

Reuben Salters, right, and Dr. Donald Blakey welcome attendees during African American History Live at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover.

Dr. Reba Hollingsworth explains Sorority & Fraternity Life in Dover ‘The Divine Nine’ during African American History Live at the Sankofa Cultural Arts Center in Dover.

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