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Blackwood Campus Hosting Pair of Special Black History Month Events

The Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission at Camden County College is presenting two very special events on the College’s Blackwood Campus as part of its celebration of February as Black History Month.

The first special event is “Porgy and Bess: The Concert,” which will feature singers from the Marian Anderson Music Guild in Lawnside, at 7 p.m. Feb. 19. The songs being performed in this concert are from the George Gershwin folk opera, which debuted in 1935 and is today considered a classic African-American story.

“Porgy and Bess: The Concert” will serve as a fundraiser for the Commission. Admission is $15 per person.

The second special event is “Remembering the Dreamland,” which will include a documentary film and performance by the Sonny Keaton Organ Quintet, at 7 p.m. Feb. 26. This event will celebrate the history and music of the Dreamland Café, a Lawnside jazz club that featured world-famous acts like Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn as well as many regional and local performers between 1930 and 1980.

“Remembering the Dreamland” also will serve as a fundraiser for the Commission. Admission is $20 per person.

Both events will take place in Dennis Flyer Memorial Theatre, which is located inside Lincoln Hall. The Blackwood Campus is located at College Drive and Peter Cheeseman Road in Gloucester Township.

Tickets for each of these events are on sale now. To order or for additional information about either event, contact Commission executive director Sandra Turner-Barnes by telephone at (856) 227-7200, ext. 4063 or via email at

Published: February 15, 2013