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Benedict College Celebrates Black History Month and The 30th Anniversary of HARAMBEE

Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Legend Donald Lawrence and R & B Recording Artist TWEET and Kyle Shedrick

Columbia, SC –- February 6, 2019, Benedict College will celebrate Black History Month during the month of February with a full schedule of art exhibits, musical events, films, a book signing and programs that focus on the culture and history of the African-American community. 

For over 30 years, Benedict College has hosted the HARAMBEE African-American Festival, one of the largest college-sponsored festivals in the nation.  The annual event will feature Grammy Award-Winning Gospel Legend Donald Lawrence along with the Benedict College Gospel and Community Choirs. Also, headlining the main stage will be R&B Recording Artist TWEET and Benedict Alumnus, Kyle Shedrick. HARAMBEE is family friendly event that is FREE and open to the public. 

New to the HARAMBEE Weekend line-up will be Friday Night Fun with the popular WFMV Jamal Bates Show LIVE from Benedict College from 3- 7 p.m. followed by the Album Listening Party for Donald Lawrence’s new CD “Goshen” at 6 p.m. in the Swinton Center. Tickets are on sale now at and a Talent Search conducted by local promoters, radio personalities, and national talent scouts at 8 p.m. in the Mays Arena on the campus of Benedict College.  



CELEBRATING THE HARAMBEE FESTIVAL 30TH ANNIVERSARY Weekend Reunion “Where PEARLS Are Made” Persevere, Endure, Achieve, Remember, Love and Succeed (PEARLS) FEBRUARY 22-24 2019

February 7-23:

The Benedict College Ponder Gallery 

Hosts Avhashoni Mainganye

South African painter, sculptor, and storyteller

Visiting Artist-in-Residence

February 9:

Sixth Annual Jubilee Choir Sing-Out- “Where PEARLS Are

Remembered”- Presenting historic music that has survived and sustained generations of trail blazers who made and changed America. 

Dr. Ruby W. Watts, Coordinator

Antisdel Chapel 1:00 p.m.

February 12:

Harambee Festival 30th Anniversary Black History Month Chapel Program 
The Historical Context for Remembering and Giving Thanks 
A community celebration of thanks, remembrance, prayers, history, music, tributes, spoken word and “Total Praise.”
Mr. Carlton Dallas, Keynote Speaker
Motivational Speaker and Petroleum Industry Expert 

Antisdel Chapel 11:00 a.m.

February 14:

The Annual Listervelt Middleton African Centered Lecture Series
Panel Discussion: “The Intergenerational Transmission of Knowledge and Wisdom”
Dr. William F. Gunn, Coordinator
Milton Kimpson Center (Doctors’ Circle) 7:00 p.m.

For more information on the programs listed above, please call 803.705.4749.

February 15:

A Video Screening, ART21 “Johannesburg” 

Since the dramatic fall of apartheid in 1994, Johannesburg has emerged as the artistic capital of sub-Saharan Africa. This episode tells the story of four artists from a diversity of South African ethnic backgrounds, identities and generations working across photography, painting, sculpture, and performance. Collectively, the artists in this hour use their work to empower marginalized communities, reexamine history, and pursue their visions for South Africa’s future.

Benedict College is one of the two colleges in the state hosting this event.

FAH 104 6 :00 p.m.  (0pen to the public). 

For more information, contact, Ms. Gina Moore. Chair, Communication and Arts Department at 705.4605 or

February 19:

Lecture and review of the Avhashoni Mainganye
Ponder Gallery

For more information, please call, Mr. Wendell brown at 803.705.4764. 


February 26:

Induction of Scholars into the Honors Program

A Celebration of Intelligentsia and Success
Dr. Gwenda Greene, Assistant Professor of English. Keynote 


Antisdel Chapel 11:00 a.m.  

For more information, please call 705.4752.

February 28:

Bitter Root Book Signing and Discussion

Marvel Comic Book Illustrator and Professor Sanford Greene 
and Chuck Brown discuss the dynamic range of cultural traditions and southern folklore in their new comic book series, Bitter Root.
Swinton Campus Center, 6:00 p.m.


Harambee Festival 30 

Week-End Celebration-February 22-24, 2019

“Where PEARLS Are Made.”

* Harambee Festival 30 opens under the lights – Friday, February 22, 2019, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. – “Where    PEARLS Are Discovered”

Merchandise and food vendors now have two opportunities to sell their products (Friday night and all-day on Saturday).

* There’s More on Friday night! A Talent Search will take place on the HRC entertainment stage conducted by local promoters, radio personalities, and national professional talent scouts. The top talents may win opportunities to interact with entertainment professionals and will appear on stage the next day at the Harambee Festival. Parents, family members, faith and civic organizations, young adults, the young at heart, local high schools and college students, and the Benedict College family including- STUDENTS!

*Friday night continued…

MASTER CLASS with the legendary, Grammy-award winning gospel star, Donald Lawrence.

A sensational gospel music learning experience taught by one of the stars in the field.  Limited to members of the Benedict College Gospel Choir and the Harambee Festival Community Choir.  

6:00 p.m.  Antisdel Chapel
*Donald Lawrence Gospel CD Listening Party
You are invited to an exclusive listening party for Donald Lawrence’s new CD entitled              

“Goshen.”  Plan to be a part of this special, select opportunity for gospel music lovers to hear the songs of Donald Lawrence’s new CD.  You will also have an opportunity to ask questions and interact with the legendary Donald Lawrence.
8:30 P.M.  Swinton Campus Center 
Admission cost-$25.00; (all college students with validated spring 2019 ID cards, 
$10.00). Student tickets are available at the Benedict College Cashier’s window and at the 
door only.
Tickets are available for the public at, at the Cashier’s 
window in the Business Office at Benedict College, and at the door.

*  Harambee Festival 30 Saturday, February 23, 2019

9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.

THE INVITATION: Benedict College invites you and your family to the 30th Anniversary of the Harambee Festival, one of the largest college-sponsored festivals in the nation.  It is an annual event for the entire family that has plenty of food, music, fun, art, and those hard-to-find merchandise items in the Shopping Village. The KIJIJI Children’s Village will feature scientific experiments, virtual classrooms, educational enrichment, book reading, and dance lessons.  

Live stage performances are scheduled throughout the day and Benedict College welcomes Grammy-award winner, and gospel icon Donald Lawrence along with the national award winning Benedict College Gospel Choir and the Harambee Festival Community Choir. R and B Star Tweet will also appear on stage as well as Kyle Shedrick, R and B recording artist and Benedict College alum. Other performances include gospel, jazz, R and B, dance, praise dancing, an international dance performance, the national award-winning Benedict College Gospel Choir, and much, much MORE!   Donations requested!   

Call (803) 705-4409 for additional information and to register as a merchandise vendor or enter    

Mays Human Resources Center Arena 9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.

Bake Contest:  Calling all great cooks.  Please enter your best cake in the Bake Contest and qualify for a chance to win $100.00 for First Prize; $75.00 for second prize; and $50.00 for third prize.

Registration for Vendors

All merchandise and food vendors are eligible to participate on both Friday night, February 22nd and all day Saturday, February 23, 2019 for the registration fees shown below. There will not be a separate vending fee for Friday only or Saturday only. The vending fee for both days is as follows:

Merchandise Vendors-$200 per table

Vendors are reminded that limited spaces are available on a first-come, first-sold basis until all spaces are sold!


  • Free Health Screenings Children’s Village
  • Delicious Food Live Stage Performances
  • Bounce Houses Bake Contest
  • Healthy Foods Component Women’s Village
  • Classic Car and Bike Show Silent Auction
  • Dancing in the Dance Studio African Drummers


Health Screenings at the Harambee Festival –Benedict College Health Center- Mather Hall

  • Prostate Cancer Screening
  • Diabetes

For additional information call Nurse Daphne New at 803. 705.4637.

Health screenings, art exhibits, and workshops are free, open to the public, and proceed throughout the day during the HARAMBEE Festival.  

Mays Human Resources Center Arena and Activity Field

Community Printmaking Workshop with South African Artist

Ayhasshoni Maihganye 

Benedict College Ponder Art Gallery

* 10th Anniversary of the Harambee Festival Community Choir Concert

Sunday, February 24, 2019—4:00 p.m. Antisdel Chapel

“Where PEARLS Are Praised”

The Invitation:  You are invited to sing on what will be one of the most amazing choirs in South Carolina.  Seats on the choir are available to all who wish to participate, attend the rehearsals, learn from the best, provide a sneak preview at the Harambee Festival on February 23 2019, and participate in a full concert on February 24, 2019. Rehearsals will take place on February 19 and 21 at 6:00 p.m. and the Master Class at 5:00p.m. on February 22, 2019.  Final rehearsal will be Saturday morning, February 23, 2019, at 10:00 a.m.

The Harambee Festival Community Choir, including the Benedict College Gospel Choir, will participate in a Master Class taught by nationally acclaimed, Grammy-award winning gospel icon Donald Lawrence.  To sign up to sing on this amazing choir and receive additional information please call (803) 705-4496 or (803) 705-4409 or go to  All choir members are invited to attend the Donald Lawrence Listening Party on February 22 at 8:30 p.m.  Tickets are available for $25.00; $10.00 for students.

Those who attend the Harambee Festival Community Choir Concert will be asked to make donations to the Harambee Festival Endowed Scholarship.  This scholarship will assist future deserving students. 

Antisdel Chapel 4:00 P.M.

Harambee Festival 30:  A Power for Good in the Community



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