Campus News 2006

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2006

Schreiner University Presents Texas Music Coffeehouse Series Feb. 1

by Amy Armstrong, Assistant Director of University Relations

The Schreiner University-sponsored African-American Gala 2006, to commemorate Black History Month, will kick-off next week with the Texas Music Coffeehouse Series, featuring the Willie Jaye Band and local entertainer Clifton Fifer. The Coffeehouse concert will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, in the Floyd & Kathleen Cailloux Campus Activity Center Corner Pocket on the Schreiner campus. It is free and open to the public.

Willie Jaye BandDr. Kathleen Hudson, director of Texas Heritage Music Foundation and professor of English at Schreiner, said, “We are honored to showcase Willie Jaye and Clifton Fifer as the first event of the African-American Gala 2006.”  The Willie Jaye Band recently opened for BB King in San Antonio and was the house band for House of Blues in Las Vegas.  This is the first Coffeehouse performance for Fifer, a teacher for the past 28 years.  “I love music. I feel it is universal and it unifies people like nothing else can,” said Fifer, who teaches Texas history at Hal Peterson Middle School.  “I will sing some spirituals and read some cowboy and African-American inspired poetry,” he said.  Fifer, who regularly participates in local theatre, is involved in several of the upcoming African-American Gala events.  “I incorporate black history into my teaching everyday,” Fifer said. “It shouldn’t be talked about for just one month.”  Fifer, who traces his family heritage back to the early Indians in Texas, often, portrays an early Texas character for his students in the classroom and at events throughout the Hill Country each year, including Schreiner’s annual Texas Living History Weekend.

The African-American Gala is a series of educational Black History Month events designed to raise awareness of and financial support for the Doyle Community Center, the Barnett Chapel Methodist Church and Mt. Olive Baptist Church youth ministry educational programs, during the month of February. There are a total of six events, all being coordinated by Many Hats, a local educational event planning organization.  Black History Month will mark its 80th anniversary this year, the theme for which is “Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions.”  Originally established as Negro History Week in 1926 by African American author and scholar Dr. Carter G. Woodson, the event eventually evolved into establishing February as Black History Month in 1976.

For more information about Texas Music Coffeehouse Series contact Dr. Hudson at Schreiner University at (830) 792-7409 or via email at khudson@schreiner.edu.  For more information about the African-American Gala 2006 contact Martha York, director of Schreiner University’s Center for Innovative Learning at 830-792-7352 or mlyork@schreiner.edu or Peg Hainey at 830-895-4932.

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