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By Don Evans

Charles David Brooks III, Director

November 17 - 18, 2016 at 7:00pm

Location: Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre


Columbia, SC -- November 8, 2016 -- The Benedict College will present “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” a new stage play directed by Mr. Charles David Brooks, III, Professor of Theatre and Director of Theatre Ensemble at Benedict College. The play will open at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 17th with a performance continuing on November 18th at the Ponder Fine Arts/Humanities Center Theatre on the College main campus. The event is free and open to the general public.

The Benedict College Theatre Ensemble Student Production, One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show, reveals the struggles of people, places, and things that appears to be doing well when in fact things are in shambles and in need of serious Restoration. The African American playwright Don Evans was a leading figure of the Black Arts Movement in the 1960s and 70s, though his plays have never made much of an impact in this country. The Harrisons are a well-to-do family living in a desirable quarter of Philadelphia. "We have a place in society and I don't just mean black society," Mrs. Harrison declares. Yet the recent death of Mr. Harrisons' brother has left them with the stewardship of Beverly, a smart young girl from the rural south with a frank disregard of big-city stereotypes.

The collision of town and country has been a staple of satirical comedy since Molière, and Evans's play makes erudite reference to Restoration drama with its racy, rather confusing plot and cheeky licentiousness much of the action revolves around the hasty concealment of a copy of The Joy of Sex the Harrison's preppy teenage son has smuggled into the house, as Reviewed by Alfred Hickling.

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

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Thursday, November 17, 2016 - 7:00pm to Friday, November 18, 2016 - 7:00pm
Thursday, November 10, 2016 • Time: Lecture 10:30 am • Location: Swinton Center Ballroom
Lecture Guest Speaker
Rev. Dr. Charles Jackson, Sr.
Senior Pastor, Brookland Baptist Church

Friday, November 11, 2016 • Conference: 10:00 am • Location: Swinton Center Ballroom
Conference Facilitators
Rev. Dr. Lillie BurgessRev. Dr. Harry SingletonBishop Dr. Bennie James
Conference Registration

Click Here to Register:

  • Early Bird - $120.00 from September 17, 2016 to October 15, 2016
  • $150.00 from Sept 16, 2016 to November 1, 2016

Location: Swinton Center Ballroom.
Conference attendees will receive a certificate.
Lunch will be served.

For more information,
contact: Dr. Sylvester O. Osazuwa,
Committee Chair and Event Coordinator
@ 803.705.4618 or 803.705.4656

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Thursday, November 10, 2016 - 10:00am to Friday, November 11, 2016 - 1:00pm


Beasy Baybie (Hot 103.9 fm, Kool Kamp, Motivational Speaker), Deon Generette (Founder of The 2nd Chance Program, Member of SCEmployability Program, Military Veteran, Mentor, Motivational Speaker), and Kimani Davis (Founder of YNOTU2 Non-Profit Organization, Member of SCEmployability Program, Motivational Speaker)

Special Invited Guests - Curtis Wilson (Richland County Sheriff’s Department), Mayor Steve Benjamin, Lt. Tony Kennedy, Benedict College Police Department, City of Columbia Police Department, T. Niles (Fire Department Station 14), Joe Guzman (victim of highly publicized police shooting in NYC, at the same time Sean Bell was killed by police officers 10 years ago), members of local radio, and news outlets.

WHAT: Community Meeting and Public Forum
WHEN: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: David H. Swinton Campus Center – Ballroom B
Benedict College
Columbia, South Carolina

The purpose of the community meeting and public forum is to bridge the gap between police officers and the community, to bring about a better understanding and build a relationship/partnership between the two, and to allow perspectives to be shared and communicated/understood, during this very sensitive time.

The forum is open to the general public. The audience will be given the opportunity to ask questions and share their personal feelings or ideas as well.

For additional information, please contact Mrs. Tondaleya G. Jackson at (803) 705-4479 or


Kymm Hunter, Assistant Vice President for Communications and Marketing; 803.705.4519
Carolyn Wigfall, Communications and Marketing Manager; 803.705.4366

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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