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EAC Black Student Union to host Barbea Williams performing company

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EAC Black Student Union to host Barbea Williams performing company

By Jeanné Clark

THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s Black Student Union will culminate its month-long celebration of Black History Month by inviting the public to attend a free performance by the Barbea Williams performing company on Saturday, February 28, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the EAC Main Dining Hall. The celebration is free to the public.

The Barbea Williams performing company specializes in Afrikana Dance styles, including those from Brazil, Cuba, Haiti, and West Africa. Their performance, a demonstration of those styles, will feature live music in the form of West African drums.

Barbea Williams, a dance instructor at the University of Arizona and founder of the Barbea Williams performing company in Tucson, originally hails from the Chicago area but has been in Tucson for well over 30 years. She is dedicated to sharing ethnic dance, theatre and visual cultural traditions that influence African American culture today.

Williams received the University of Arizona Black Alumni Phenomenal Woman Award in 1988, an award that has been given to a number of famous and influential black women including Maya Angelou. “Barbea is very active in the community,” says Tanisha Price-Johnson, president-elect of the UA Black Alumni Association. “Her students from years past are now returning so that their children can take lessons.”

For more information about the Black Student Union or this event, contact Patti Wren at 428-8384.