Written by PA Intern Gloria Radford. 

On Saturday, January 29th the North Carolina Museum of History and the North Carolina African American Heritage Commission kicked off Black History Month with their 21st annual African American Cultural Celebration. This year’s theme was “Black People, Green Planet: Environmental Justice”. The event consisted of six series with many inspirational and informational presentations.

Our United Strings of Color Quartet (consisting of Lexi Etienne, CT Thomas, Tayla Murphy, Sterling Elliott, and Tristen Johnson) had the opportunity to perform as part of the Music, Movement, and Drama Series. The USC performed Ijapa and Mr.Igbin, a meaningful Yoruba tale about a young tortoise and the wisdom of the world. The piece was composed for the USC by Elmer Gibson and narrated by Henry O. Lovett. The members of the quartet were especially excited to perform at this
event because of their desire to spread more awareness of African folktales and culture.

Special thanks to the North Carolina Museum of History for providing this special opportunity for our young musicians. Congrats to USC on another wonderful performance!