Black History Month
Sunday, February 7, 2010
Author, teacher, lecturer and commentator Mahmoud El-Kati. The retired Macelster College faculty member authored "The Hiptionary" in 2009. Photo courtesy of Papyrus Images.
St. Cloud State's observance of Black History Month includes music, a cultural night celebration, a panel discussion and faculty presentations.
February is the month students, staff and faculty honor nearly 500 years of contributions to American life by people of African ancestry.
This year's events:
The Ethics of Solidarity: Are We in It Together?
Tamrat Tademe, professor of human relations and multicultural education, will discuss what it means to have ethics of solidarity and cross-gender equality.
5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Feb. 16, Atwood Theater, Atwood Memorial Center
The Pan Africanist Journey in the 21st Century
Mahmoud El-Kati will discuss the impact of oppression past, present and future. El-Kati is a retired Macalester College professor and noted lecturer, writer and commentator. His 2009 book "The Hiptionary: A Survey of African American Speech Patterns with a Digest of Key Words and Phrases" catalogs colorful words, phrases, sayings, phonics and other linguistic devices added to the English language by African-American culture.
6 p.m. Feb. 18, Atwood Theater, Atwood Memorial Center
Bruce A. Henry, a Chicago-based jazz vocalist and music educator, launched the 2010 observances with a Feb. 4 appearance in Atwood Ballroom.
The Council of African American Students hosted “Ebony Night 2010: A Celebration of Black History” Feb. 6 in Atwood Ballroom. Speakers and entertainment included Marcellus Davis with the keynote address; “Sounds of Gospel,” by Nu Way Baptist Church choir; poetry; music; video diaries; theatrical performances; and a videographic historical timeline of accomplishments.
A panel of students and faculty discussed the election of President Barack Obama Feb. 11 in Atwood Theater.
For more information about Black History Month, contact Julie Cruz at Multicultural Student Services 320-308-3089.
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