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Contact: Christine Payton Jan. 26, 2009
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Office for Campus Diversity along with the University Program Council and South Louisiana Community College will host a kickoff to Black History Month on Feb. 2.

The fourth annual kickoff celebration, “Black History: Honoring the Past, Inspiring the Future,” will start at 5 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

“ I’m glad the campus and community have continued to embrace and support our annual kickoff celebration,” said Dr. Jennifer Jackson, executive director of the Office for Campus Diversity. “Each year we try to enhance the program and this year, we’re excited to have the former Sen. Donald Cravins Jr. as our guest speaker.”

Cravins, a former state senator, recently accepted a position with the U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship.

The kickoff will also feature music, a step performance, free food and door prizes. There is no admission to the kickoff and the community is invited.

Other events scheduled during February include:

• Feb. 9 – “Flight of the Red Balloon” movie at Bayou Bijou, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.;

• Feb. 10 – “A Theatrical Journey in African American Relationships” at the Bayou Bijou, 7 p.m.;

• Feb. 11 – Apollo Night at Student Union Ballroom, 7 p.m.;

• Feb. 12 – Around the World Black Cultural Expo at Student Union Ballroom, 6 p.m.;

• Feb. 17 – “Roots” Ancestry Workshop at Sidelines, 5 p.m.;

• Feb. 18 – African Americans in LA Symposium at Bayou Bijou at 6 p.m.;

• Feb. 19 – UL Lafayette Black Faculty and Staff Research Forum at the Acadian Room in the Student Union, 1 p.m.; and African American Idol at Student Union Ballroom, 7 p.m.

For more information about the kickoff or other events scheduled in February, contact the Office for Campus Diversity at 482-6464 or visit http://diversity.louisiana.edu/events.shtml


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with over 16,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and leads the nation in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

Document last revised Tuesday, January 27, 2009 8:12 AM

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