Lancaster - Ohio University Lancaster will mark Black History Month with an evening of music and historical reflection on campus. On Thursday, February 28, Master Jazz Flautist Galen Abdur-Razzaq and Civil War Historian Dr. Leonne Hudson of Kent State University will bring African American history to life on the Wagner Theatre stage.
The event is being put on by Ohio University Lancaster's Diversity Committee and Cultural Events Committee.
"We are excited about the opportunity to learn about black history and celebrate it in an artistic way, through Dr. Hudson's presentation and Galen Abdur-Razzaq's music," said OUL Development Director Mandi Custer. Custer serves on the Cultural Events Committee. "We think this will be a rich experience for all who attend."
The evening will begin with Abdur-Razzaq. He will perform with his band starting at 6:30 p.m. Abdur-Razzaq's band includes a piano player, a string bass player and a drummer.
Abdur-Razzaq has performed at colleges and universities for more than 25 years. His music program is designed with a focus on the history of jazz as well as music theory. The aim of the performance is to provide an understanding and appreciation of this art form and its historical significance.
After Abdur-Razzaq completes his performance, Dr. Hudson will take the stage.He will make a presentation called "Supplying the Missing Pages in African American History." The Kent State Professor will talk about how black soldiers reacted to the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.
Professor Hudson received his Bachelor's of Arts at Voorhees College and his Master's of Arts and Ph.D. degrees at Kent State. His specialty is 19th Century U.S. History and his research interests include the Mexican War and the Civil War era. He is especially interested in the contributions of black troops.
The event is being supported by Farifield National Bank. It is free and open to the public.