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APSU African American cultural center to host several Black History Month events


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – February is now upon us, and the Austin Peay State University Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center has a busy month of events planned in recognition of the Black History Month.

The events include:

• Feb. 7 – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. From 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the cultural center, in conjunction with Nashville CARES, will provide free HIV/AIDS testing to all APSU students. Free food and giveaways will be available to those who get tested.

• Feb. 9 – The Sankofa African American Museum on Wheels. From 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the museum will present writings, artwork and other artifacts of African American history in the Morgan University Center lobby. The traveling museum is co-sponsored by the APSU Office of Student Life and Leadership.

• Feb. 16 – Peay Soup Neo-Soul Edition in conjunction with Soul Lounge USA. The evening, from 6 to 8 p.m., will feature live soul music from R&B artists Jonathan Winstead and Reecy. The event will also feature an open-mic session, giving students the opportunity to express themselves through words, sounds and rhythm in the Clement Auditorium. Free to all current APSU students, faculty and staff with an APSU I.D. $5 to general public.

• Feb. 18 – Second Annual 5K Breast Cancer Awareness Fun/Walk. Working in conjunction with the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center, the cultural center is co-hosting this event to raise awareness about breast cancer in the community. The entry fee is $10 for students and $12 for non-students, with all proceeds going to the Kay Yow Fund. Registration is at 9 a.m. at the Foy. The race begins at 10 a.m. at the Dunn Center parking lot. For more information, contact Lauren Wilkinson at 221-7564 or

• Feb. 22 – Hot Topic with the African American Studies Department: Hip-Hop, Is It Still Relevant? This discussion, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the center, will feature APSU assistant professor of African American studies Johnny Jones discussing the significance of hip-hop music and culture and why it should or should not remain relevant in society.

• Feb. 28 – “Who Will Lead the Next Social Movement” lecture. From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Student Publications will host a meet and greet with Jeff Johnson, an award-winning investigative journalist, social activist and political commentator, at The All State office (Morgan University Center room 111). Johnson will deliver a free lecture from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Clement Auditorium. He will draw from his celebrated conversations with marquee world figures in politics, business and entertainment, his grassroots work to inspire the next generation of leaders, his BET specials and his weekly commentaries on the nationally syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” in his discussion. The event is sponsored by Student Publications, Student Affairs Services and the African American Cultural Center. A book signing to follow from 7-8:30 p.m. at the cultural center.

For more information on these events, contact the center at 221-7120, or