Maya Angelou And Michael Jackson Will Be The Theme Of The African American Arts And Heritage Academy Summer Program

Sources: | All Things Michael


The African American Arts & Heritage Academy is now accepting applications for its July 13-18 summer academy, which will be held on the campus of West Virginia University, in Morgantown, West Virginia. This year’s theme will focus on Maya Angelou and Michael Jackson.

The academy offers students 13 to 18 years of age one week of concentrated study in an artistic discipline of their choice. Classes and workshops will focus on dance, vocal, instrumental, string music and steel drum playing, theater arts, visual arts, creative writing, song writing and history/culture. A songwriting course has been added for those who have a gift for writing and would like to manifest their words into songs.

The academy will accept approximately 40 students to attend the academy. At the end of the week, the students will present a showcase for faculty, guests and the public.

During the week of the academy, students will join a community of gifted peers and will experience artistic and cultural challenges geared toward their age. They will study a concentrated topic from professional artists and teachers.

The students will also attend specialized field studies hosted by the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation’s STEM program.

Donations for the academy to assist in operational expenses and programming are welcome. Checks should be made payable to AAAHA and submitted to Jacqueline Dooley, Administrative Director, Student Activities P.O. Box 6444, Morgantown, WV 26505

For more information or to request an application, contact Dooley at (304) 657-1801 or Applications are available online. The activity fee for the academy is $210 per student.


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4 thoughts on “Maya Angelou And Michael Jackson Will Be The Theme Of The African American Arts And Heritage Academy Summer Program

  1. Reblogged this on MJ Truth Now and commented:
    While the assault on Michael Jackson’s character and choices by the tabloids and some judgmental members of the ignorant public continues, Michael’s cultural impact and artistic legacy continues to march on. Michael has inspired generations of artists, dancers, singers, song writers, producers, film makers and poets. He and his work have been the subject of many academic studies and tributes of all musical genres including Hip Hop, Reggae, heavy metal, Latin and symphony. Michael Jackson is one of our greatest African American heroes and as we celebrate Black History month he is in good company. He and the great poet, Maya Angelou, will be the theme of the African American Arts and Heritage Academy Summer Program at West Virginia University.

    Maya Angelou wrote this poem about Michael in 2009.

    We Had Him

    Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing
    Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind

    Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace
    Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon

    In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
    No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides
    With the abrupt absence of our treasure

    Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone
    Piercingly alone
    Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him

    He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance
    Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did more than that

    He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style
    We had him
    Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his
    We had him

    Beautiful, delighting our eyes
    He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him

    We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing
    He gave us all he had been given

    Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Blackstar Square, in Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are missing Michael Jackson

    But we do know that we had him
    And we are the world.

    • I am so glad that you shared this poem, because I thought of it as I was posting this article. Dr. Angelou knew and appreciated the gift that Michael was to the world and was inspired by it enough to put it pen. She didn’t write poems for just anyone. I wish so much that Michael could have heard it and i believe that he would have been honored.

      I find it very appropriate and insightful to put these two legends of the arts together to study as a role model. What a wonderful gift for these children and I hope they gain the knowledge that they need to become the next great legend in the future.

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