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Contact: Christine Payton Feb. 14, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The Ernest J. Gaines Center will host its inaugural Spoken Word Night on Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. This event is a part of the center's Black History Month festivities.

As described by the Smithsonian Folkways, “The spoken word occupies a central and indispensable position in African American history and culture. As a vessel for remembrance, oral tradition carried African narratives to a new continent and sustained them through bondage; as a political catalyst, speech defined the struggle for freedom and moved ordinary people to extraordinary acts of courage; and as an art form, the word has conveyed itself forcefully and dramatically by drawing on the rich African American heritage.”

Participants are invited to pick an excerpt, poem or work from a favorite African American author such as Ernest Gaines, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin and read it. Each reading should be 1 to 5 minutes in length.

The program will begin with readings from special invited guests—including UL Lafayette vice presidents and deans, as well as SGA President Kylie Templet and other special guests. The floor will then be open to all present for “Open Mic” readings.

The Gaines Center is located on the third floor of Dupre Library.

For more information, contact the Ernest J. Gaines Center at 482-1848 or email gainescenter@louisiana.edu.


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