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Collin County Community College Presents "Ubuntu In Motion'

Dancers from the Collin Dance Ensemble perform on the interactive display. Pictured left to right: Emily Walker, Breanne Powell, Elizabeth Horn, Ashley Franco. Photo by Nick Young, Collin photographer.

February 07, 2006 - Collin County Community College (Collin) will celebrate Black History Month with an interactive display called "Ubuntu in Motion" at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. The theme is based on the African word "ubuntu", which means "humanity to others" and also "I am what I am because of who we all are." The display will be active each day from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. until Feb. 23 and is open to the public.

The installation features a 12 x 24-foot graphical image that sits on top of a touch-sensitive dance floor containing 72 sensors that are each spaced one-foot apart. When stepped upon, these sensors trigger sounds of African musical instruments, speech fragments from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have a dream" speech and projects moving video images of important figures in African-American culture and history. The interactive installation was the result of collaboration between music professor Dr. Christopher Morgan and Gaye Cooksey, interim dean of the fine arts department. Several other departments also contributed to the design and concept of the display.

"We hope that people who walk across the display will have fun with the rhythms while also soaking up the spirit of ubuntu," said Dr. Morgan, professor of music at Collin.

During Black History Month, Collin dance faculty and students, under the direction of Collin dance chair Tiffanee Arnold, have planned several informal dance performances.

For more information about the interactive display "Ubuntu in Motion", please contact Gaye Cooksey, at 972-881-5807.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.