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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 1, 2006
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will host a variety of events during Black History Month.

A kickoff celebration featuring guests speakers and an unity step was held Jan. 31 at the Alumni Center.

“ We wanted to stand out. We didn’t want to have to compete with the other events going on during the month, so we decided to do something a little different this year,” said Jennifer Hightower, UL Lafayette’s Campus Diversity executive director. “So, the planning committee decided to host a celebration that will kickoff a month of events celebrating Black History.”

The theme for the events throughout the month follow the national theme for Black History Month: “Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black, Fraternal, Social and Civic Institutions.”

Black History Month events happening at UL Lafayette during February include:

• Feb.1 – Timeline of Music, 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is sponsored by the UL Lafayette chapter of the NAACP.

• Feb. 2 – Trivia games, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Student Union Hallway, sponsored by University Program Council.

• Feb. 7– Gospel Extravaganza, 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, sponsored by UPC and the African American Culture Committee.

• Feb. 8 – Candlelight Vigil in honor of Rosa Parks, 6 p.m., Student Union porch, sponsored by UL Lafayette NAACP chapter.

• Feb. 9 – Mr. and Miss Umoja Pageant, 7 p.m., Student Union Ballroom, sponsored by UPC.

• Feb. 13 – Journey of Music, 7 p.m., Bayou Bijou, sponsored by UPC.

• Feb. 15 – Quiz Bowl, 7 p.m., Sidelines in Student Union, sponsored by UPC.

• Feb. 16 – Black History Program, 3 p.m., Dupre Library, sponsored by Dupre Library.

• Feb. 21 – Health Info Booth, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Student Union Hallway, sponsored by UPC.

• Feb. 22 – Black History Month Symposium, 7 p.m., Hamilton Hall, sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Document last revised Thursday, February 2, 2006 9:14 AM

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