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Greer Black History Month program to honor Woods

Published on Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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The City of Greer's Black History Month program on Feb. 8 will honor the late Dwight Woods, longtime director of Phillis Wheatley’s Repertory Theatre.

The City of Greer's Black History Month program on Feb. 8 will honor the late Dwight Woods, longtime director of Phillis Wheatley’s Repertory Theatre.

The City of Greer's Black History Month program on Feb. 8 will honor the late Dwight Woods, longtime director of Phillis Wheatley’s Repertory Theatre.

The Repertory Theatre is scheduled to participate in the program, according to Greer City Councilman Wayne Griffin.

The program 6:30 p.m. at the City of Greer's Cannon Centre and is free to the public. The program annually pays tribute to African-Americans who have changed the American landscape.

Woods died Jan. 24 in Greenville. He gave the Repertory Theatre its structure while teaching young people how to sing, dance, and act. He taught youth how to be successful and was praised for students having a 90 percent high school success rate.

The Phillis Wheatley Board honored Woods by naming the repertory group after him and giving him the title “executive director emeritus.” He also was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto.

Among the performers at Greer’s program are the New Salem Baptist Church All Male Choir and vocalist Sylvia Irby. ?Featured are winners of the Black History Month Essay Contest open to middle school and high school students. The contest invites students to write about African-American heroes or those who have influenced the students’ lives.

Call 968-7004 or click here for more information.

 

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