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African American Studies Week Nov. 3-7

October 31, 2008

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MACOMB, IL - - Western Illinois University's African American Studies Department Club (AASDC) will sponsor a week of activities Monday-Friday, Nov. 3-7 to engage students in the scholarship and culture of African American Studies (AAS).

AAS Week begins Monday (Nov. 3) with a bake sale from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in Morgan Hall. The movie "A Soldier's Story" will be shown at 8 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 4) in the University Union's Sandburg Theatre. AAS Associate Professor Alphonso Simpson will present "The History of the Negro Spirituals" at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday (Nov. 5) in Stipes Hall 112; and at 7 p.m. a panel discussion titled "Why Can't Johnny Read: Is Public Education Failing our Children?" will be held in the University Union Lincoln Room. The annual Rosa Parks March will begin at 6:30 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 6) in the North Quad and end at Western Hall.

AAS Week's final event is an 8:30-11 p.m. Friday (Nov. 7) social at Skateland ($6 to skate). A bus will be provided to and from the skating party. Bus pickup is at the North Quad.

AASDC members will staff an informal table in the University Union during the week to help bring awareness of AAS academic programs to WIU students.

For more information, contact AASDC President Jeffrey Arnold at

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