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A Man and His Hats

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A Man and His Hats

Dr. Joe Cornelius brought his skit “HATS: Education of the African-American Experience through Entertainment” to CU in January. Photo Credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

June 1, 2007

At the drop of a hat – literally – Dr. Joe Cornelius can make the history of African-Americans come alive. Known as “The Hat Man,” Cornelius presents the progression of black history through a one-man act with various hats and voices.

Cornelius brought his skit “HATS: Education of the African-American Experience through Entertainment” to Cedarville University on January 17. His appearance was a part of Central State University’s Culturally Responsive Teaching Conference, which took place earlier in the day on Central State’s campus. Cedarville University was pleased to work in conjunction with Central State to celebrate culturally responsive teaching through these events.

An educator, author, and playwright, Cornelius has presented HATS for numerous groups, including the NAACP, the National Education Association, and the National Urban League. He is also known for his skits “Alexander” and “The Devil and Leroy Jones.”

Cornelius holds three degrees from Tennessee State University and teaches at both Columbia State Community College and Columbia Central High School in Tennessee. He is the author of “The History of African-American Education in Maury County, Tennessee from Slavery to 1998.” To learn more about Cornelius, visit www.joecorneliusthehatman.com.