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SRU TO HIGHLIGHT BLACK
HISTORY MONTH WITH POETRY, FILMS, LECTURES,
ROCK, Pa. – The monthlong
observance of Black History Month at Slippery Rock University
includes more than a dozen events, including lectures, health
events, fun and the screening of the feature-length films
“Ray” and Rosewood.”
The University Program Board will open the month
with “Slam Poet: Thea Monyee”at 8 p.m. Wednesday [Feb.
2] in the University Union, then the SRU Black Action Society will
sponsor the feature film “Rosewood” at 6 p.m. Saturday
[Feb. 5] in Strain Behavioral Science Building. The film tells of a
black Florida town burned to the ground and many of its people
murdered because of a lie.
On Sunday [Feb 6] The
Black/African American Caucus will sponsor the African-American
Reading Chain at
4 p.m. in the University Union, and “Black Aids Awareness
Day” will be observed Feb. 7 with a 4:30 p.m. program in the
University Union sponsored by SRU’s HOPE, peer education
group, and the Black Action Society. UPB will also sponsor an 8
p.m. Feb. 7 lecture by Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the rap
group Public Enemy, in the University Union. D’s messages
address issues about race, rage and inequality through intelligence
The Transition Brotherhood Series, facilitated by Dr.
Wayne Forbes, assistant professor of biology, and Dr. Christophas
Walker, director of SRU’s Frederick Douglass Institute,
continues at 5 p.m. Feb. 9 in the University Union sponsored by the
university’s Office of Intercultural
The extraordinary life of singer and
musician Ray Charles will be seen at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in Strain
Behavioral Science Building with the showing of the feature film
“Ray” sponsored by the Black Action Society, and at
10:30 a.m. Feb. 15 the President’s Commission on Race and
Ethnicity will sponsor a discussion
Minority Applicants and the Search Committee” in the Russell
Wright Alumni House.
A Feb. 15 panel discussion titled “State of
America” will examine such topics as the perception of women,
people of color, lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender
individuals, spirituality, the role of fraternities and sororities,
and young professionals in higher education as the topics pertain
to historically bypassed groups. The session, sponsored by the
Office of Intercultural Programs, will be held at 1 p.m. in the
Dr. Uhuru Hotep, associate director of the Leader Skills
Center at Duquesne University will continue the Transition
Brotherhood Series at 1 p.m. Feb. 19 in the University Union
sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Programs, and at 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 the film “Martin Lawrence Live-Runtelldat” will
be screened in Strain Behavioral Science Building Auditorium. The
film, sponsored by the Black Action Society, details
Lawrence’s personal crises as a stand-up comic who returns to
the stage for a one-man social commentary.
Your Heritage” will pit teams in a competitive game at 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 in the University Union. The event is sponsored by the
Black Action Society and the Students United for Minority Affairs.
At 8 p.m. Feb. 25 the Ebony Ball will be held in the union. Ball
tickets ($10) go on sale Feb. 21 at the University Union Welcome
Desk, and no tickets to the Black Action Society event will be sold
at the door.
The monthlong celebration closes
with a showing of “Soul Plane” at 4 p.m. Feb. 26 in
Strain Behavioral Science Building and a 7 p.m. UPB-sponsored
performance by the rhythm and blues group Epitome in the University
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