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Cal U marks Black History Month

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Contact:
LaMont Coleman, associate dean of Multicultural Student Programs
724-938-5697
coleman_lm@calu.edu

January 1, 2010

Cal U's Black Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Student Programs will celebrate Black History Month in February with an array of campus activities and a trip to the National Afro-American Cultural Center and Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio.

The month's keynote event will be a talk by author and poet Sapphire. Her best-selling novel Push is the basis of the hit movie Precious, nominated for three Golden Globe awards. Sapphire will speak at6 p.m. Feb. 23 in the Performance Center, inside the Natali Student Center. A book signing will follow.

Other events include a poetry slam featuring professionals and an open microphone at 8 p.m. Feb. 10 in the Gold Rush, and a step-dancing performance featuring The Soul Steppers at 9 p.m. Feb. 22 in the Performance Center.

Campus events are free; the Cal U community and the public are welcome.

A trip to the National Afro-American Cultural Center and Museum also is open both to Cal U students and to community members. Cost is $15 for students, $30 for others; ticket price includes transportation and admission to all sites, a trip to a nearby shopping mall, and dinner at the Golden Corral.

2010 Black History Month Events

Sponsored by the Black Student Union and Office of Multicultural Student Programs

Feb. 1 — 6:30 p.m., church service led by Rev. Montele Crawford, Natali Student Center, rooms 206-207.

Feb. 4 —5:15 p.m., “Talk back” discussion forum, Carter Hall Multi-Purpose Room. Tamanika Howze, Director of the Kingsley-Lincoln Freedom School, will discuss the history of Freedom Schools.  

Feb. 10 — 8 p.m., poetry night, Natali Student Center, Gold Rush.  

Feb. 11 — 9 p.m.-midnight, Valentine’s dance, Johnson Hall Community Room. Admission is free before 10 p.m., $2 after 10. Half the proceeds will be donated to the Kingsley–Lincoln Freedom School.

Feb. 18 — 8 p.m., game night, Natali Student Center, Commuter Center. A bingo event and a spades card tournament ($15 per team) will be held for cash prizes, in addition to board games and videogaming stations. A portion of the card tournament entry fees will be donated to the Kingsley–Lincoln Freedom School.

Feb. 20 — 6 a.m. Trip to National Afro-American Cultural Center and Museum in Wilberforce, Ohio. Cost is $15 for students, $30 for others. Call Tonya Kirkland, 724-938-4307.

Feb. 22 – 9 p.m., Soul Steppers step-dancing show, Performance Center.This event is co-sponsored by the Student Activities Board.

Feb. 23 — 6 p.m., talk by Sapphire, author of Push, Performance Center. The hit movie Precious, nominated for three Golden Globe awards, is based on Sapphire’s best-selling memoir. The free event is open to the public.

Feb. 24 — 9 p.m., Black history trivia contest, Natali Student Center, Commuter Center. This event is co-sponsored by The National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Feb. 26 — 7 p.m.-midnight, seventh annual BSU formal dinner and dance, Willow Room, Rostraver Township. Bus departs from the Natali Student Center at 6:30 p.m. Limited tickets; cost is $15 per person, $20 per couple. Tickets are available at the SAI offices, Natali Student Center.