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Lyceum series


Legacy Show

Renowned violinist Tami Lee Hughes will perform during "The Legacy Show" performance as part of Claflin University's Alonzo Webster Wright Lyceum Series beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the W. V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Lee Hughes will be accompanied by pianist Byron Burford-Phearse.

Hughes has performed on numerous recordings, including projects for Grammy award-winning artists Donnie McClurkin, Fred Hammond, and Aretha Franklin. Additionally, she has performed on the BET network program "Sunday Best" with Grammy-award winning artist Kirk Franklin and has appeared live in concert with Smokey Robinson.

Burford-Phearse has performed with critically acclaimed vocalists such as Suzanna Guzman, Alvi Powell, Robert Sims and Angela M. Brown.

In 2007, Vergil Wright presented a $100,000 gift to Claflin to establish a lyceum series in honor of his father Rev. Alonzo Webster Wright. The Lyceum series helps to nurture the personal and academic growth of students by expanding their intellectual and personal development in social, civic, and academic realms.

For more information about Claflin University's Lyceum Series, please call Dr. Peggy S. Ratliff at (803) 535-5233 or

One-man show

on Paul Robeson

Claflin will host "The World is My Home: The Life and Times of Paul Robeson" on Thursday April 19, at 7:30 p.m. in the W.V. Middleton Fine Arts Center. The one-man show, produced by Stoogie Kenyatta, is free and open to the public.

The late Paul Robeson was an American bass baritone concert artist and stage and film actor who became famous both for his cultural accomplishments and for his political activism. He was also an all-American football player who played in early NFL. Robeson graduated in 1919 from Rutgers University as valedictorian, received a law degree from Columbia, passed the NY Bar in 1922 and became the first African American lawyer with a New York law firm.

Kenyatta's entertaining, laugh out loud, music filled show with audience participation, call outs, covers Robeson's friendships with Albert Einstein, W.E.B. Dubois, Cab Calloway and many others who contributed to the cultural movement known as the Harlem Renaissance. This show, like Robeson's life, serves as a cultural ambassador inspiring us to greater achievement and a more noble life.

Stogie Kenyatta was classically trained at the African American Studio in Harlem, Henry St. Settlement & Al Fann Theatrical Ensemble. A finalist in the N.Y. State Theatre competition with artistic director, John Houseman, he also studied screenwriting and political science at the University of California and later privately with Ivan Markota at the Van Mar Academy for Television & Film Acting.


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