Fall Lyceum Lecture at PRCC: “Celebrating the Life and Work of William Levi Dawson”

The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute will welcome Dr. Mark Malone to Pearl River Community College on Nov. 9 at 11:30 a.m. His presentation will be “Celebrating the Life and Work of William Levi Dawson” and will feature soloist Ms. Katrina Cox. 

The life and work of William Levi Dawson is a fascinating narrative emphasizing the incredible journey of an African American in a quest for an education in music in the era of Jim Crow Laws in the early Twentieth Century in America. 

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Malone back to campus,” said Dr. Trevor Hunt. “As a former member of the faculty and a member of the Fine Arts and Communications Hall of Fame, Dr. Malone has very close ties to the Fine Arts Department at PRCC. His presentation will be informative and entertaining, a wonderful way to honor the life and works of William Levi Dawson.” 

The Honors Institute Lyceum Lecture Series charts a bold direction in intellectual discourse and academic inquiry at Pearl River. The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute seeks to host speakers who engage, challenge, provoke, and quite possibly, change lives.     

The lecture includes lunch in the West Dining Room. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased by calling 601-403-1317. 

Malone is a veteran music educator with over 40 years of classroom experience at all grade levels. He has been a frequent presenter at the National Association for Music Education National Convention, MS Music Educators State Convention, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Mississippi Whole Schools Initiative Summer and Winter Institutes, choral clinics for students and conductors, as well as an organizer of professional development workshops for teachers. He has also acted as a curriculum designer for the Mississippi Arts Commission

Malone has experience in elementary and high school music programs, was choral director at Pearl River Community College, Coordinator of Music Education at William Carey University, and was Visiting Professor of Music Education at The University of Southern Mississippi. He currently serves as President of Meistersingers Civic Chorus in Hattiesburg.  

A native of Laurel, Cox is currently an Assistant Professor of Music at William Carey University. She is a doctoral candidate in vocal performance at The University of Southern Mississippi and has performed in numerous productions throughout her career.   

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Article by Laura O’Neill

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