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African American Heritage Month celebrated through February

Campus events highlight the history of African American heritage
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Diversity landmarks decorate campusMissouri State University kicks off African American Heritage Month with events beginning in late January through the end of March. These events, which are open to the public, will include presentations on culture, lifestyle, social issues and music.

Jan. 31–Feb. 1
The Residence Hall Association will present the Tunnel of Oppression at 6 p.m. in Wells House. This interactive program will demonstrate various forms of discrimination and oppression, followed by a debriefing discussion. For more information, contact Daniel Barker, assistant hall director, at (417) 836-4961.

Feb. 7
The Association of Black Collegians will present Black AIDS Awareness Day at 3 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 317. Information will be available regarding HIV/AIDS and the impact on the Black community. Free testing for HIV/AIDS, STDs and Hepatitis C will be provided. For more information, contact Logan Franklin, graduate assistant, at (417) 836-5652.

Feb. 11
The Student Activities Council (SAC) will present Those Acoustic Cats at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. Following a special opening performance by the Beartones, guitarist Erick Richardson and vocalist Erron Jay will take the stage with a collection of songs, from soul and R&B to alternative folk style. For more information, contact Tara Benson, assistant director of student activities program, at (417) 836-4386.

Feb. 19
SAC will present Rae Lewis Thornton’s “Diva Living with AIDS” at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. Thornton will provide discussion regarding how to embrace a healthy lifestyle and live a full life with HIV/AIDS. For more information, contact Tara Benson, assistant director of the student activities program, at (417) 836-4386.

Feb. 25
The Springfield African American Read In Committee will present “Dream Big” at 7 p.m. at the Library Station, 2535 N. Kansas Expressway. The event will include an evening of poetry, music and stories written and composed by African American authors. For more information, contact Dr. Grace Jackson-Brown, assistant professor of library science, at (417) 836-4547.

March 2
The Zeta Phi Beta sorority will present the Finer Womanhood Ball at 7:20 p.m. at the Executive Conference Center, 910 E. Battlefield. For more information, contact thetapizeta@gmail.com.

March 5
The African American studies panel forum and interactive discussion Then & Now will take place at 6 p.m. in Meyer Library, Room 101. The event is free and open to the public.

March 24
The Missouri State Gospel Choir will present “Gospel Extravaganza” at 3 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. The event will also feature other collegiate and community choirs. For more information, contact Dr. David Knox, office of diversity and inclusion, at (417) 836-3736.


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