Lincoln University Presents History, Song, Poetry at Local Retirement Community

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Outreach Program Attracts Large Crowd

Lincoln University, Pa. - Lincoln University faculty and students presented history, song, and poetry for more than 80 people at Kendal Crosslands Communities on October 18.


Lincoln University faculty and staff members Frederick Faison, Helen Meacham, Marilyn Button, Edryn Coleman, and Timothy Chambers at Kendal Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on October 18 as part of a history, song and poetry outreach program.

Professor Marilyn Button gave an historical overview of the University's early days in a presentation titled "Lincoln University and the Liberian Connection."​ She also stressed the legacy of Lincoln alumni in civil rights initiatives worldwide.


Two Lincoln University students performed spoken word at Kendal Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on October 18 as part of a history, song and poetry outreach program.

"This heritage project is one of many examples of how faculty, staff, and students work together to share Lincoln's rich history with the community. In so doing, we fulfill our goal of helping students to learn more about their institution."

Other performances included the Concert Choir Ensemble under the direction of Edryn Coleman and accompanied by Helen Meacham as well as while the Percussion Ensemble led by Band Director Timothy Chambers. Students Joshua Clements and Eric Hilliard, both class of 2019, also performed spoken word poetry.

An external group, Compassion Corps, a non-profit organization that hosts short trips to Liberia, promotes educational partnerships, and helps with economic development, also presented. They sold Liberian coffee after the event to raise funds for Liberian students. 


The Lincoln University Concert Choir performs under Director Edryn Coleman and Accompanist Helen Meacham at Kendal Crosslands Communities in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, on October 18 as part of a history, song and poetry outreach program.

Kendal Crosslands Communities is a continuing care retirement community 17 miles from Lincoln University located in Kennett Square. It emphasizes the Quaker values of equality and respect for all individuals.

Button and Lincoln University’s Department of Languages and Literature coordinated the program at the invitation of the Intercultural Committee of Kendal Friends. Lincoln’s Rev. Frederick T. Faison concluded the event with a benediction.

Article by Shelley Mix. Photos by Marilyn Button.