PVCC welcomes Horace Scruggs for a free screening and discussion –

PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance Division will host Horace Scruggs for a free screening and discussion

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

Charlottesville, Virginia – February 8, 2022 – The Fine Arts and Performance Division of Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will host musician, educator – and now documentary filmmaker – Horace Scruggs for a free screening and discussion of his 2020 film revealing the story of his ancestors from Fluvanna County and the wider African-American community. “Resilience, Recovery, and Rebirth: Conversations about African-American Survival” will take place Saturday, February 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Main Stage Theater in the PVCC’s V. Earl Dickinson Building.

With his signature blend of thoughtful inquiry, humor and deep knowledge of his subject matter, Scruggs will use scenes from his documentary to spark a conversation about the perseverance and strength of the African-American community and their survival in a society that is changing. sought to subjugate their culture and existence. In addition to answering questions from the audience, Scruggs will share his personal thoughts that shed light on his motivation for creating the film, stories from his family’s history, and the continuing saga of African American history.

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

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, bandleader and former PVCC choral music instructor, Scruggs has worked as a professional musician since 1985. His extensive musical training includes studies at Longwood University, Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scruggs returns to the PVCC to follow up on his series of past “learn and listen” concerts that have charted the evolution of soul, gospel and music from the pre-Civil War era and the civil rights.

For more information, email [email protected] or call 434.961.5376. View the full fine and performance art season at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times by all participants inside.

Media support for this performance is provided by CBS 19.

About Piedmont Community College in Virginia

Founded in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a two-year, non-residential college that serves central Virginia—primarily 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 make up the Virginia Community College System. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education to all who can benefit from it, an opportunity for every student to reach their potential and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.