Focus on Community/Arts
Public Invited to Black History Month Breakfast at Chesapeake

Posted on Friday, January 14, 2005

To celebrate Black History Month and raise money for a scholarship fund, the Chesapeake College Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAC) is hosting the sixth annual community breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 5 in the Chesapeake Performing Arts Center lobby at 8:30 a.m. The event is open to members of the public.

Proceeds of the event will benefit the J.C. Gibson Scholarship Fund. Each semester the

committee awards at least ten Chesapeake students scholarship money to purchase textbooks.

MAC member and Director of Multicultural Affairs Dana Bowser said the event is designed to encourage community unity and celebrate diversity.

"We look forward to the five-county communities to joining together to honor the achievements of African-Americans," Ms. Bowser said. "The multicultural committee strongly supports Chesapeake’s efforts to reach out to the service community, and attending this event would be an excellent way for members of the community to support Chesapeake and the students."

Dr. Thelma Thompson, President of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, will deliver the keynote address "Shaping the Next Generation for Achievement".

Thompson holds a doctorate in English literature, which she earned from Howard University in 1978. She received her master’s in English from Howard six years prior to that, and her bachelor’s in English from Howard two years prior to that. She graduated cum laude. Thompson also holds a teacher’s diploma from Bethlehem Teachers College in Jamaica and an education certificate from London University.

Thompson is a member of the Modern Language Association, the National Council of Teachers of English, Phi Beta Kappa, and the African-American Writers’ Guild, among her more than a dozen professional associations. She is the former national president of the College Language Association and a co-founder of the Caribbean Studies Association. She also has served as co-chair of a Southern Association of Schools and Colleges leadership task force for redesigning the accreditation guidelines for a number of southern institutions.

Thompson is the author of dozens of essays, journal articles, and editorials, most addressing issues in education. Her book The Seventeenth Century English Hymn: A Mode for Sacred and Secular Concerns was published in 1988. She wrote the poem "Centurion," which will appear in Critical Essays on W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, to be published this year by the University of Missouri Press.

"Spiritual Movement," the liturgical dance team of the Ridgely-Marydel United Methodist Church Charge in Ridgely, will provide entertainment. Masonic Temples from the Eastern Shore are donating their time to prepare and serve the breakfast fare.

Tickets for the event are $10 for general admission and $8 for students/senior citizens, and include a buffet breakfast. The menu includes French toast, ham, eggs and fresh fruit. For more information or to purchase tickets, please call Dana Bowser at 410-827-5857.

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