Lyrics from the great civil-rights anthem "We Shall Overcome," rang throughout the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center during Lourdes College's annual Celebration of Black History Month. Additional music by The Clarence Smith Community Chorus, Lourdes College Chorus, Good Company Ensemble and the Sylvania Community Orchestra rounded out the event. Poet Annette McClair also read her original work "Help! Somebody."
Other activities honoring Black History Month included a separate musical performance by the Scott High School Gospel Choir and an African American Read-In. African American artifacts graced the display case outside of Café Lourdes all month.
Chairperson of the Department of Music Karen T. Biscay and Music Instructor D.E. Buenger are collaborating with the Sylvania Franciscan Academy to organize a children's choir. This new endeavor is part of the ongoing collaboration between the Sylvania Franciscan Academy and Lourdes College.
Both educators recently gave vocal performances at the Sylvania Senior Center as part of a Sylvania Community Orchestra concert, at the St. Lucas Lutheran Church for Holy Week and at the Zion Lutheran Church as part of the Public Musicale presented by the NW Ohio Alumnae Chapter of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity.
For 20 years, The Clothesline Project has called attention to violence toward women through hanging shirt displays designed by individuals who have been directly affected by violence.
This year, members of the Lourdes College community were given the opportunity to create their own shirts as part of an on-campus workshop. The completed shirts then joined the collective display through the Northwest Ohio Clothesline Project featured at the Take Back the Night rally.
In May, the Lourdes College Choirs presented their annual spring choral concert in the Franciscan Theatre & Conference Center. This year's concert titled "In Glory and Honor" paid tribute to the men and women serving overseas. The public was invited to submit the names of loved ones that were then read aloud throughout the concert.
"In Glory and Honor" featured sacred and secular music of grace, remembrance, blessing and celebration. Composers represented were Michael Haydn, Henry Purcell, Gilbert Martin, Andre Thomas, Robert Young, Stephen Chatman, Cy Coleman, and more.
This spring, members of Lifelong Learning had an opportunity to tour the Arab American National Museum – the first museum in the world devoted to Arab American history and culture.
The group departed from Lourdes on bus and traveled to Dearborn, MI, where they spent the afternoon touring the museum and learning about Arab culture. Exhibits in the museum highlight everything from immigration to life in America.
In an effort to promote continued learning, the Lourdes College Lifelong Learning program offers a variety of programs, classes and outings. A full list can be viewed at www.lourdes.edu/lifelong.