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February 2 , 2001 Volume 16, Number 20


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Western Sets February Aside to Honor Black History Month

President Donald Spencer has proclaimed February as Black History Month. In his proclamation, Spencer urges "support for the extensive February calendar of events which is intended to promote African-Americans and to recognize the continued effort of all who are involved in programs that enhance the awareness, diversity, and sensitivity of our community." He asks the WIU community to join him in honoring African-Americans in "grateful acknowledgement of their outstanding contributions to the history and perpetuation of our University and nation."

"One Dream, One Movement, All People" is this year's theme for Black History Month. Throughout February, various events and activities will take place to celebrate Black history and culture.

The month-long celebration includes several highlights that are open to the public. Some activities include a reggae concert, a performance by noted jazz singer Dianne Reeves, a soul food festival, lectures, movies and a special night celebrating African culture.

The Black Student Association has teamed up with various organizations to offer a series of lectures and discussions throughout Black History Month. The Brown Bag Series lectures take place in the University Union from 12-12:45 p.m. and are open free to the public. Included in the discussions are African American Studies faculty, S'Thembile West and Alphonso Simpson Jr.'s, presentation "In the Tradition" Wednesday, Feb. 7 in the University Union Lamoine Room and sociology professor Essie Rutledge's presentation, "Slavery's Unwillingness to Die: Its Badges and Disabilities Persist" Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the Union Sandburg Lounge.

The University Union Board Concert Productions will present "Bob Marley Remembered Featuring the International Reggae All-Stars" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14 in the University Union Grand Ballroom. This performance is free to students and staff. Call 298-3286 for more information.

Cinemas One and Two in Macomb will show Spike Lee's new film, "Bamboozled" at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 and 8. A discussion of the movie will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9 in the University Union Fox Room. The discussion is open free to the public.

Jazz singer Dianne Reeves will perform at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16 in Western Hall. Tickets are $20, $18 and $15 for the public. For more information call 298-1254.

On Saturday, Feb. 17 the 13th Annual Soul Food Festival will include a 5:30 p.m. social and a 6:30 p.m. dinner in the University Union Lamoine Room. Admission is $7 for students and $15 for the public. Call 298-2220 for more information.

African Night will take place from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in the University Union Heritage Room. African Night is open free to the public. Call 298-8492 or 298-2220 for more information.

Other events taking place during Black History Month at WIU include a poetry slam at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22 in the University Union Lamoine Room, discussions, movies and an African American Studies department open house from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28 in Morgan Hall. The WIU Women's Center will also post daily profiles on its electronic bulletin board and website ( of Black women who have made significant contributions to America's history, cultural heritage and future for the entire month of February.

Sponsors of the Black History Month Celebration include the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center (GBCC), African American Studies department, Black Student Association, Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Office of Student Activities, Renaissance Writers, Student Government Association, University Housing and Dining Services, University Relations and the University Union Board. For more information about events or activities contact Belinda Carr, director of the Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center, 298-2220.

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