Frostburg State University music professor Dr. Susan W. Mills will present a lecture titled "The Reconstruction of South Africa," a program in the Frostburg State University African American Studies Series, on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Lane University Center's Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall. The event will also feature music from Unified Voices Under God's Dominion, FSU's gospel choir.
The event is free and open to the public.
The lecture will focus on the reconstruction of South Africa, since the crumbling of Apartheid. Now, 10 years after the Apartheid Government ended, South Africans are in their “new struggle” to take responsibility for their republic and to include all citizens in the new infrastructure of their nation. The music and the discussion will focus on this new struggle and its relationship to individual lives in South Africa.
Feb. 12 was chosen because it is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and many Americans associate Abraham Lincoln with the emancipation of slaves in the U.S. With the emancipation came years of further struggle for African Americans because the years of slavery did not necessarily prepare them for citizenship in a democracy.
Unified Voices Under God’s Dominion will perform sacred and traditional choral music from South Africa during the program. The choir is a student-run organization, a highly sought-out group of singers who perform for the enjoyment of the campus community, churches and other organizations upon request. The music selected is from Mills’ repertoire, learned from South African musicians during her teaching fellowship there in 2001.
For more information, contact Mills at (301) 687-4119. FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. To request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, call (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.