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.