Campus Connection.
February 8, 2002 Volume 17, Number 19


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WIU Celebrates Black History Month During February

"Remembering Our Struggle, Continuing Our Progress, Embracing Our Future" is this year's theme for WIU's celebration of Black History Month. Throughout February, various events will take place to celebrate Black history and culture.

WIUM 91.3 FM/WIUW 89.5 FM Tri-States Public Radio will host a series of special programs to commemorate Black History Month. Among the programs is "Classically Black: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor," which will air at noon Tuesday, Feb. 5. "Democracy's Denial: Revolutions in Wilmington" will air at noon Tuesday, Feb. 19. Other programs during Black History Month include "Remembering Jim Crow," which airs at noon Tuesday, Feb. 26 and "Radio Fights Jim Crow," which will be broadcast at noon Wednesday, Feb. 27.

The Bureau of Cultural Affairs will present "Rent" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26 at Western Hall. Tickets are $26, $23 and $19 for the public. For more information call 298-1254. Tickets are on sale now.

On Saturday, Feb. 16 the 16th Annual Soul Food Festival will include a 5 p.m. social and a 5:30 p.m. dinner in the Union Lamoine Room. Call 298-2220 for more information.

Lectures, discussions and workshops will also take place throughout Black History Month. The "Tunnel of Oppression" will provide a look at the multiple faces of oppression from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20 in the Union Lamoine Room, and a presentation on "Black Women at WIU" will be presented from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25 in the Union Capitol Room.

The 29th Annual Jazz Festival, featuring jazz competitions and performances each day by junior high, high school, and college jazz bands and performances by several guest artists will take place Thursday, Feb. 14 through Saturday, Feb. 16 in the Union and/or College of Fine Arts and Communication Recital Hall. Featured guests will be jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman and pianist Brad Mehldau performing with their ensembles at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 in Western Hall. For more information call 298-1505. Admission charged for most events.

For a full calendar of Black History Month events on the Internet go to www.wiu.edu/events/blackhistory.html.

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