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B.S.U. & Beta Sigma Omega fraternity present 2016 Essence of Heritage - The Renaissance. Special speaker: James Hayes 6 p.m. February 27, 2016 @ the Bradley Theatre Lakeland College Plymouth WI 53073. Stepping, Poetry, Dance, Music. Convocation credit.

Essence of Heritage, Lakeland College's annual homage to Black History Month, will feature song, dance, poetry, academic awards and more starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Bradley Theatre.

Admission is free to this convocation credit-bearing event, which is co-sponsored by the Black Student Union and Beta Sigma Omega fraternity. Lakeland senior Romain Johnson will emcee.

Keynote speaker James C. Hayes, a 2003 Lakeland College graduate, is the founder and CEO of Run the Race Performing Arts Ministries. Hayes is a motivational speaker who travels the world and trains people in the areas of attaining goals, leadership, fellowship and personal growth.

After earning his bachelor's degree from Lakeland, Hayes added a Master of Education (with an emphasis in leadership of educational organizations) from American InterContinental University.

Prior to Hayes' address, Lakeland students will perform the following:

  • Marvin Warfield, song
  • Josh Guy, accompanied by saxophone player Malcolm Blakley, song
  • Serena Jones, song
  • Cedric Logan, spoken word poetry
  • Benjamin Wilks, spoken word poetry
  • Tyra Peters, spoken word poetry
  • Jody Harrison, spoken word poetry
  • Warfield and Vincent Stepney-Willis, spoken word poetry
  • Unity, African dance

After those performances, there will be an academic awards ceremony for high-achieving minority students.

The event will be capped off with a high-energy step show, courtesy of the Betas.

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