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Contact: Christine Payton Jan. 25, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
 
 
ERNEST GAINES SPECIAL GUEST AT BLACK HISTORY MONTH KICKOFF
UL Lafayette event set for Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m
 
UL Lafayette will pay tribute to renowned author and UL Lafayette writer-in-residence emeritus Ernest Gaines during its seventh annual Black History kickoff celebration on Monday, Jan. 30 at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom.

Event organizer Dr. Jennifer Jackson said Gaines will make a special appearance and will have a question-and-answer session with guests. He will also sign books brought to the event.

“ Another highlight of the evening will be performances by actor Roger J. Timber,” she said.

He will portray Gaines as a young boy and as an adult. He will also portray characters from two of Gaines’ books: The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitmann and A Lesson Before Dying.

Timber is best known for his television appearances on Law & Order and Burn Notice. He also has appeared in movies such as Bad Lieutenant and Long Shots.

Sigma Gamma Rho and Alpha Phi Alpha will perform a step show. Both are 2011 Greek Show winners.

“ We invite everyone to come out and enjoy an evening of education, entertainment and gumbo,” said Jackson.

The event is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the University Program Council, Office for Campus Diversity, Enrollment Services and Greek Affairs.

For information on other events happening during Black History Month, visit http://diversity.louisiana.edu/events.shtml.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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