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Contact: Christine Payton Jan. 23, 2007
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette will once again kick off Black History Month with a grand celebration.

The second annual kick off party, “From Slavery to Freedom: The Story of Africans in the Americas,” is set for Wednesday, Jan. 31 at 5 p.m. at the Alumni Center.

Based on the success of last year's event, Jennifer Hightower, UL Lafayette's Campus Diversity executive director, is expecting the kickoff event and other Black History Month events to garner even more attention and participation.

“ Many different departments and organizations have committed to providing outstanding events for the enjoyment of our community,” Hightower said. “This year we wanted to continue the tradition with a kickoff celebration to encourage everyone to participate in what Black History Month has to offer.”

The theme for the events throughout the month follow the national theme for Black History Month: “From Slavery to Freedom.”

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

• Feb. 1 - Cake giveaway, 11:45 a.m. on the porch of the Student Union. Sponsored by UPC and the African American Culture Committee.

• Feb. 6 - “Glory Days” movie, 7:30 p.m., Bayou Bijou. Sponsored by UPC and the African American Culture Committee.

• Feb. 8 - Black History Month Program “Louisiana’s Black Heritage,” 3 p.m., first floor, Dupre Library, sponsored by Dupre Library.

• Feb. 8 - Apollo, 7:30 p.m., in the Student Union Ballroom. Sponsored by UPC and the African American Culture Committee.

• Feb. 12 - Brief reception and lectured followed by question-and-answer sessions: Dr. Catherine Quick of Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi on “Teaching and Diversity: Promoting a Pedagogy of Diversity,” 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., H.L. Griffin (room 315), English Department.

• Feb. 12 - “American Blackout” video, 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., Bayou Bijou. Sponsored by the Black Faculty and Staff Caucus.

• Feb. 14 - Sociology Organization will be hosting a symposium on the status of African Americans in Louisiana, 5 p.m., Bayou Bijou.

• Feb. 27 - Black History Month Symposium, 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., sponsored by the National Association of Black Journalists.

Events are subject to change without notice. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Diversity at 482-6464 or visit http://diversity.louisiana.edu/events.shtml

Document last revised Tuesday, January 23, 2007 3:04 PM

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