Maryville College announces Black History Month events

Maryville College announces Black History Month events

Jan. 19, 2017

Toby Foyeh and Orchestra Africa will perform at Maryville College on Sun., Feb. 5, as part of the College’s Black History Month events.

The performance, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Ronald and Lynda Nutt Theatre.

The band performs a unique blend of West African Yoruba music with western styles, including jazz and pop, fused with Afrobeat, Highlife and other traditional styles. The band’s musicians have performed with many of the top musical groups out of Nigeria and have toured all over the world. The musicians hail from the major tribes in Nigeria, including Yoruba, Ibo, Edo and Ijaw, and speak many of the country’s indigenous languages.

The band has performed at more than 17 international jazz festivals and at more than 120 universities in the United States. The band has also performed at the Fuji Rock Festival in Japan, as well as several performing arts centers, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

“The group is very visual on stage and does an intense performance that incorporates modern African dance to enhance the music with colorful costumes and ‘call and response’ singing supported by great melodic instruments, guitars, flutes, keyboards and percussion featuring the Gangan (Yoruba talking drum),” Foyeh said.

The event is sponsored by Maryville College’s Voices of Praise and Black Student Alliance.

Other Black History Month events at MC

Maryville College’s Black Student Alliance is planning several campus events to celebrate Black History Month. All events are free and open to the public.

- Thurs., Feb. 2: Maryville College student Claudia Pires, who is from Africa, will teach an African dance class. The class will be held from 8 p.m. until 9 p.m. in Bartlett Hall, Room 102-103.

- Thurs., Feb. 9: “Apollo Night” will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. Modeled after the original “Showtime at the Apollo” show that launched Sept. 12, 1987, at the famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem, N.Y., the event will feature performances by various members of the campus community. At the end of the show, the audience will select a grand prize winner.

 - Thurs., Feb. 16: Poet Jasmine Mans will visit Maryville College as the featured guest for “Poetry Night,” which will be held from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the Clayton Center for the Arts’ Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall. During the first hour, Maryville College students, faculty and staff will share their poetry, and Mans will read her work during the second hour.

Mans, a Newark, N.J., native who earned a bachelor’s degree in African-American Studies (with a focus on Black Theory and Literature) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2014, is an author, performer, poet and teacher. Her first book, Chalk Outlines of Snow Angels, was published in 2012, the same year she was selected as one of Glamour magazine’s “Top 10 Most Influential Women in College.” She has competed in HBO’s “Russell Simmons Presents Brave New Voices” and Knicks Poetry Slam competitions, and she has opened for artists such as Goapele, Mos Def and Janelle Monae. She has also performed at the Kennedy Center, New Amsterdam Theatre and the Sundance Film Festival.

- Thurs., Feb. 23: A panel discussion on feminism and race will be held from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in the Samuel Tyndale Wilson Center for Campus Ministry (CCM). The discussion will be moderated by Dr. Frances Henderson, associate professor of political science at Maryville College.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2016 semester is 1,197.