One-Man Performance Tells Story of African-Americans

by Public Relations Office - Cedarville, OH

Cedarville, Ohio-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 will bring his skit "HATS: Education of the African-American Experience through Entertainment" to Cedarville University on Wednesday, Jan. 17 at 6:15 p.m. The performance is free and open to the public and will be held in Cedarville University's Dixon Ministry Center. Music is provided by Cedarville's OneVoice Choir.

Cornelius' appearance is a part of Central State University's Culturally Responsive Teaching Conference, which will take place earlier in the day on Central State's Wilberforce campus. Cedarville University is 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." Learn more about Cornelius.

For more information on the HATS performance, call 937-766-7807. For details about the Culturally Responsive Teaching Conference, call the CSU Institute of Urban Education at 937-376-6374 or visit