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Campus events set for Black History Month

Feb. 8, 2007

KALAMAZOO-- A discussion of African culture, a student contest on the importance of Black History Month and a "soul food" luncheon recognizing African-American trailblazers highlight activities on the campus of Western Michigan University through Feb. 28.

Sponsored by the Division of Multicultural Affairs, the Black History Month events will be held in the Multicultural Center of WMU's Trimpe Building and are free and open to the public.

Events kick off from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, with a discussion regarding the racial gap between African students and African-American students. Participants will speak on the cultural beliefs and practices of both groups and address critical issues that continue to prevent solidarity among them. Refreshments will be provided. The event is co-sponsored by the Africana Studies Program.

A two-day scholarly contest for WMU students to present their research on the importance, impact and implications of Black History Month will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 20-21. A panel of judges will decide the winners of cash prizes for first, second and third place.

Black History Month events wrap up at WMU with a "soul food" luncheon from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28. Along with the lunch featuring traditional southern dishes, a theatrical presentation will highlight the stories of famous African Americans. Registration for the event is required by Monday, Feb. 19, by calling (269) 387-4420.

Media contact: Deanne Molinari, (269) 387-8400, deanne.molinari@wmich.edu

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