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Ceremonies in Dark Old Men

Directed by Charles David Brooks, III

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center

April 16 and 17, 2018

Director’s Notes

Though Lonne Elder, III made headlines in 1973 as the first black man to be nominated for a screenwriting Oscar, his 1996 obituary in The New York Times began by describing him as "the playwright who wrote 'Ceremonies in Dark Old Men.' "(Elder's adaptation of "Sounder" lost to "The Godfather.")

The play is about a widowed barber and his grown children trying to survive in 1950s Harlem, premiered off-Broadway in 1969 and is an American classic often compared to Lorraine Hansberry's "Raisin in the Sun." It reveals a glimpse into the lives of Black men, who refuse to work for Mr. Charlie. It is a thrill to see a production of Elder's “wistful mediation on the corrosive effects of racism and self-delusion, even a mediocre one.”

BC Theatre Ensemble explores the contemporary thoughts of Black men in America, in Harlem as they struggle to maintain manhood and dignity within an evaporating society as the women around them strive to support them from falling and failing.

Cary C. Corley stars as Russell B. Parker, a former vaudeville hoofer turned cut-and-shave man sharing a roof with Theo and Bobby, his two unemployed sons, and Adele, his hard-working daughter.

Janeane Taylor playing bossy Adele has assumed the role of breadwinner and announces that she's tired of supporting her father's failing business and freeloading brothers. 

Roderick Haynes, Jr. plays Theo, who is good at playing rascals and is a rotten artist.
Jeriel McClurkin plays Bobby, expert shoplifter.

Stephan Richardson plays Mr. William Jenkins who plays checkers with Mr. Parker.

Eugie Pierre plays the young girl in Mr. Parker’s life.

Joshua Colter plays Blue Haven a dapper thug who favors walking sticks, slick suits and sunglasses, even when he is inside.

For additional information, contact Professor Charles D. Brooks, III, Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Director at (803) 705-4358 or

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Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to Tuesday, April 17, 2018 - 7:00pm

This scintillating assembly, composed of outstanding women on the Benedict College campus and in our communities, tell their stories and share their bonds of professionalism, intellectualism and sisterhood.  This same assembly will also “recognize the phenomenal women in our lives to include our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, aunts, wives, who lead extraordinary lives under extraordinary conditions.
ATTENTION:  Please invite your phenomenal woman to this assembly to be recognized.
Antisdel Chapel         11:00 a.m.

The Office of International Programs will present keynote speaker Ms. Paola Andrea Mosquera, Diplomat and Second Secretary of International Relations with the Embassy of Colombia in Trinidad and Tobago and Benedict College alumnus to share her unique experiences as a young, female diplomat within a traditionally male-dominated profession.  Secretary Mosquera will also highlight challenging issues which she confronts within her current assignment such as human trafficking in Trinidad.  This interactive presentation will be followed by a brief question and answer session, and International Programs Director, Dr. Norma L. Jackson, will conclude the program with special presentations and closing remarks.
Antisdel Chapel                      11:00 a.m.

Reverend Thomas V. Davis, Campus Minister
Subject: “The Influence of Godly Women”
Scripture: 2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-17
Antisdel Chapel          7:00 P.M.


The Harambee Festival opens under the lights with a talent showcase of students, faculty, staff, alumni and community participants. Great talent will be on display as a precursor to what is coming on Saturday. Benedict College has talent and we invite you to showcase yours. The event is open to all.  For further information and to audition, please call Dr. Paula Shelby at 803.705.4809 or Dr. Leon Geter at 803.705.4596.
Swinton Campus Center                                 6:00 P.M.


The Harambee Festival is one of the largest College-sponsored festivals in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village.   There is a separate Food Village. Free health screenings and the other festival events are listed below. For additional information, please contact Mr. Myron Davis at 803.705.4409.

The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, and dance lessons.  Other events include bounce houses outside for the children.  For more information, please call Ms. Tondaleya Jackson at 803.705.4479.

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day to include the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, a sneak preview by the Harambee Festival Community Choir, various other jazz, R&B, and gospel choirs, praise dancers, an international performance, and much more.  For more information, please contact Ms. Cassandra Williams at 803.705.4486.

Dancing in the College’s Dance Studio - Put on your dancing shoes, get some exercise, and have some fun!!  Everyone is invited from children to adults.  For more information, please call Dr. Paula Shelby at 803.705.4809.

The Women’s Village.  Just for Women!  This is your time to learn more about issues important to you while being pampered and messaged.  This village appeals to the mind, body and heart.  For more information, please call Ms. Jacqueline Williams at 803.705.7984.

Caregivers Workshop.  Are you a caregiver who needs more information about how to be more efficient in this roleDo you need helpful tips to sustain you?  Do you need to know where to go for help?  Attend this workshop and get answers to these questions and more!
For more information, please contact Mrs. Brenda Clark at 803.705.

Bake Contest and Auction-Enter your favorite dessert in the bake contest and win $$$. The public will have an opportunity to participate in the auction of these desserts.  So much fun!!!

Other Activities:

Bounce Houses
Classic Car and Bike Show (contact Mr. Kenntrail Grooms at (803) 705-4708 or Ms. Loretta Charles at (803) 705-4823

Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival –Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

Prostate Cancer Screening        
Diabetes Screening

These free health screenings are made available by the Benedict College Health Center, Palmetto Health Community Services, the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department of Benedict College and Dr. Stewart Darby.  For additional information call Ms. Melinda McCray at 803.296.3461, Dr. I. Emenike at 803.705.4436, or Nurse Daphne New at 803.705.4882.

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival. 

Free Admission.   Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise vendor.   
Mays Human Resources Center Arena        9:30 A.M. - 5:30 P.M

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 11:00am to Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 5:30pm

November 13-17, 2017

By Travis Loadholts, Class of 2017

Columbia, SC -- November 9, 2017, 2017 -- Benedict College will join school districts nationwide in celebrating American Education Week (AEW) November 13-17, 2017, a celebration of public education and the people who make a difference in ensuring every child receives a quality education. American Education Week was created at the National Education Association (NEA) Representative Assembly in 1921. In its resolution, the NEA called for: "An educational week observed in all communities annually for the purpose of informing the public of the accomplishments and needs of the public schools and to secure the cooperation and support of the public in meeting those needs."

The National Theme is “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right: Our Responsibility”

Benedict College AEW Schedule of Events:

Monday, November 13th
American Education Week Kick-Off: Titles, Tigers, and Tales.

Education and Child and Family Development majors will engage the students at Rosewood Elementary School and A.C. Moore Elementary School in a Benedict Tiger Read-In to promote literary performance in South Carolina.

Tuesday, November 14th
bc_events_aew_20171114_craig_kingAll College Assembly Speaker: Mr. Craig King, Director of Governmental Affairs at Palmetto State Teacher’s Association.

Mr. King advocates for public education in South Carolina. Mr. King is the CEO and founder of the Craig King Group, LLC. His organization provides leadership development, motivational and inspirational speeches, classroom management professional development, Lego Robotics Camps, and much more. He is a former third grade teacher and taught at Whittaker Elementary School in Orangeburg, South Carolina for seven years. He has served as an education consultant for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, The Thurgood Marshall College Fund, and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.
Everyone is invited to attend this celebratory event!

Required Attendance for all Education, Child and Family Development Majors, Antisdel Chapel 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 15th
Hunger Simulation

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Swinton Center Ballroom A and B
The EDU 337 Diversity, Social Justice and the 21st Century Learner class and invited guests will participate in an OXFAM America Hunger Banquet. This activity is designed to bring awareness to the impact of poverty and hunger inequities on education.

Thursday, November 16th
bc_events_aew_20171116_robert_louis_harrisLuncheon for C. A. Johnson Teacher Cadets and School of Education December Graduates
Guest Speaker: Robert Louis Harris, 2017-2018 Richland County School District One and Hand Middle School Teacher of the Year.

This event is to celebrate prospective educators, prospective education majors and those who have supported their commitment to enter the education profession. 11:30 a.m. Swinton Center Ballroom C.
Invitation Only.

Teacher Education Advisory Council (TEAC) Meeting.
The School of Education, K-12, and community partners will have an assessment meeting at 4:00 p.m. at the Milton Kimpson Center for Graduate Studies and Continuing Education
For Council Members Only.


Friday, November 17st
School of Education Pre-Registration Drive: Brilliance, Bruch, and Business.

9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Third Floor of Bacoats Hall.
This is an opportunity for Education and Child and Family Development majors prepare for a great Spring 2018 and fellowship.

For additional information about AEW events, please call (803) 705-4419.

Media Contacts:
Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 10:00am

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By playwright Charles David Brooks, III, Director

November 15 - 17, 2017 at 7:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre


Affairs of Our Ancestors opens November 15, 16, & 17, at 7:00pm, at Benedict College Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre,by playwright Charles David Brooks, III.  Affairs depicts an ancient spiritual council assembling in order to relate to this present generation the need to rise up,  stand up, stay up, and to bring awareness to this world.  These ancient ancestors moved me spiritually to write about them so that their open-mouth could speak to the youth, young adults, and older adults.  During the writing of Affairs, I could feel their spirits rising up within me as they dictated to me as to what is to be.  It was as if the ancestral spirits wanted to look out, through me, into this modern world from the realm of the afterlife. Affairs came to me as a vision from our ancestral spirits.

Affairs opens up with Akhenaton (the Creator of Monotheism) calling upon his Creator, who revealed himself thousands of years ago to Akhenaton, to remind Him of what was demand of Akhenaton that is to reveal to the known world that there is but One Spirit. The audience becomes part of this exchange as ancient information between Human and Spirit is reveal.  Akhenaton calls up the Spirit to intervene into this world, of today, to reach the ‘children of the Light.’  Imhotep, physician, architect, surgeon, and genius, is sent by the Spirit to advise Akhenaton as to what kinds of challenges he will need to deal with to reach the off springs of the mighty Kings and Queens that once ruled Civilizations.  Civilizations that was and is mightier than the Old and New Worlds that sells the Souls of its people in slave markets for human trafficking of various kinds.  Several Queens reveals themselves from the realm of the Spiritual World to remind ‘the children of the Light’ as to “Who and to whose they are.” Nefertiti, Queen of Kemet reveals her plan from the afterlife to save ‘the children of the Light’ in these worlds that pry upon their bodies and souls, as she pass through several thousand of ancient years ago to reveal herself. Nzinga, Amazon Queen, who held back, with her armies, the Portuguese slave traders from entering into the slave trading of her people.  It was only after her death that Portuguese slave traders invaded Angola, in middle 17th Century.  We hear from Makeda, Queen of Sheba, Candace, Empress of Ethiopia, Dahia Al Kahina, and Askia Tome, who united the entire central region of the Western Sudan and established a governmental machine that is still revered today for its detail and efficiency.   Kings include Affonso I King of Angola, Hannibal, Ruler of Carthage, and Behanzin Hossu Bowelle, King of Dahomey Amazons. The audience is given a chance to “see and hear” what ‘children of the Light’ are faced with in these worlds of western civilization.


Theatre Ensemble, directed by Charles David Brooks, III, includes the Ensemble cast of Cary C Corley, Jeriel McClurkin, Janeane Taylor, Queshaun Thompkins, Rajendra Neupane, Sorenya Miller, Nicole Hargrow, Stephan Richardson, Aayana Noel, Eugie Pierre, Joshua Colter, and Tyrell Glynn.  For further information contact 803-705-4358.

For additional information, contact Professor Charles D. Brooks, III, Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Director at (803) 705-4358 or

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Columbia, SC --- November 1, 2017 --- Dr. Tyrone Adam Burroughs is the Founder, President, and CEO of First Choice will be the keynote speaker at the 30th Anniversary of the Benedict College Business Week. The event will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at the historic Antisdel Chapel on the campus of Benedict College.

Dr. Tyrone Adam Burroughs is the Founder, President, and CEO of First Choice, a global consumer products management firm founded in 1986. Its vision is to create a new kind of sales and marketing solutions and strategic approach for the multicultural and personal care industry.

bc_alumni_burroughs_tyrone_adam_20170421He has been instrumental in assisting some of the world's largest product manufacturers and retailers to succeed in developing profitable sales, marketing and merchandising strategies coupled with unparalleled programs to connect with their target market. His business is the driving force behind transforming the multicultural personal care category which represents over $1.7 trillion dollars in buying power.

Burroughs is a member of the Board of Directors of First Alliance Bank, Chairman of The Burroughs Foundation, Regional One Health Hospital Board of Directors, the Memphis NAACP Board of Directors, Global Beauty Alliance Board, Vision 2020 Retail Strategy Committee and Chairman of the Trustee Board for the historic Metropolitan Baptist Church.

Burroughs holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Benedict College. He earned graduate course work at the University of South Carolina and on May 13, 2017, Benedict College conferred the Doctor of Business (D.B.) Degree upon him. Dr. Burroughs currently resides in Memphis, TN.

30th Anniversary Business Week Schedule of Events

Monday, November 6th
Enter the Tiger's Cage
Top seniors compete for title of Best Senior Project
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Swinton Center, Ballroom C

Tuesday, November 7th
Business Week in the Chapel
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tyrone Adam Burroughs
Time: 11am - 12pm
Antisdel Chapel

Wednesday, November 8th
Moore Meets Burroughs
Presenter: Dr. Alice Leri , Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the
University of South Carolina Darla Moore School of Business
Time: 11am – 12pm
Multi-Purpose Room – Business Development Center

Thursday, November 9th
Aflac at Burroughs
Presenter: Ms. HaQuasha Terry, Senior College Recruiter
Time: 11am – 12pm
Multi-Purpose Room, Business Development Center

Friday, November 10th
The Best of BC Entrepreneurs
Student entrepreneurs promote their businesses.
Time: 1pm – 3pm
Swinton Center, Ballroom C

For additional information about Business Week events, please call (803) 705-4694

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017 - 11:00am