PVCC Fine Arts and Performance Division to Host Horace Scruggs for Free Screening and Discussion

“Resilience, Recovery and Rebirth: Conversations on African-American Survival”

Charlottesville, Va. – February 8, 2022 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Fine Arts and Performance division will host musician, educator–and now documentary filmmaker–Horace Scruggs for a free screening and discussion of his 2020 film uncovering the history of his Fluvanna County ancestors and the larger African American community. “Resilience, Recovery and Rebirth: Conversations on African-American Survival” will take place Saturday, February 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building at PVCC.

With his trademark mix of thoughtful inquiry, humor and deep knowledge of his subject matter, Scruggs will use scenes from his documentary to spark conversation about the perseverance and strength of the African American community and their survival in a society that sought to subjugate their culture and existence. Along with fielding questions from the audience, Scruggs will share his personal reflections that bring to light his motivation for creating the film, stories from his family’s history and the continuing saga of the African American story.

The film, titled Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Sustaining Hope in Trying Times, echoes the experience of hundreds of thousands of African Americans in their quest for freedom and equality with emotional commentary, blended with musical performances by Scruggs and his Odyssey of Soul band. It was produced with the support of the Fluvanna Arts Council and the Fluvanna County chapter of the NAACP.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor and former PVCC Instructor of Choral Music, Scruggs has worked as a professional musician since 1985. His extensive education in music includes studies at Longwood University, the Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scruggs returns to PVCC to follow up on his series of past “learning and listening” concerts that traced the evolution of soul, gospel and music of the pre-civil war and civil rights eras.

For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. View the full Fine Arts and Performance season at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

Masks/face coverings are required to be worn at all times by all attendees while indoors.

Media support for this performance is provided by CBS 19.

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.


Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu





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