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Austin Peay prepares to celebrate African American History Month

Austin Peay presents a number of exciting and inspiring events throughout February in celebration of African American History Month.

The 2004 national theme, “Brown vs. The Board of Education—50 Years Later,” celebrates the efforts of those who brought about the 1954 Supreme Court decision requiring the desegregation of American schools.

All events are free, open to the public and will be held in APSU's African American Cultural Center unless otherwise noted.

Monday, Feb. 2
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Internationally known fiber artist Nedra Bonds presents “A Stitch In Time.” The contemporary African American quilting exhibit will be displayed until Feb. 29.
1 p.m.: “Brown vs. The Board of Education—50 Years Later”— Joseph Fisher, assistant commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Education, will discuss the Supreme Court's 1954 decision and its implications in APSU's Morgan University Center, room 303.
Tuesday, Feb. 3
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Second Annual African American Read-In Chain—Join readers throughout the country in celebrating African American literacy.
Friday, Feb. 6
2-3 p.m.: Open Forum on “Driving Miss Daisy”—Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, assistant
professor of languages and literature, will lead a discussion on varying aspects of the play “Driving Miss Daisy,” including race relations and relationships in Morgan University Center, room 303. Free tickets to The Roxy Regional Theatre's performance of “Driving Miss Daisy” will be awarded to 30 students presenting valid ID cards.
8-10:30 p.m.: Memphis' Julius Bradley Band will perform the blues at Java City, located in the Morgan University Center.
Monday, Feb. 9
7 p.m.: Trudy Stein-Hart, director of health education for Montgomery County, will present “AIDS and Diabetes in the African American Community,” a discussion of epidemics and health risks.
Tuesday, Feb. 10
3 p.m.: The Civil Rights Movement film “A Time for Justice” will be shown. Open discussion will follow.
7 p.m.: “Radio,” featuring Cuba Gooding Jr. and Ed Harris, will be presented.
Wednesday, Feb. 11
6:30 p.m.: The African Resurrection Dance Ensemble will perform an exciting program of traditional African dance, folklore and music.
8 p.m.: PeaSoup Open Mic Night—Students express themselves with words, sounds and rhythm.
Thursday, Feb. 12
Noon-1:30 p.m.: Join Dr. Nancy Dawson, associate professor of African American Studies, for dramatic readings of excerpts from “Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.”
Friday, Feb. 13
7 p.m.: “God's Trombones,” an artistic combination of poetry, movement and a cappella spirituals adapted from and named for James Weldon Johnson's book of sermons in verse, will be presented in Clement auditorium.
Thursday, Feb. 19
3 p.m.: “Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks”— Participants will view the film “Mighty Times of Rosa Parks” and discuss how Parks' actions united her community and inspired changes throughout America.
Monday, Feb. 23
5 p.m.: The film “Madea's Class Reunion,” which depicts the 50th reunion of the class of 1953, will be shown at Java City, located in the Morgan University Center. Open discussion topics will include adultery, religion and stereotypes.
Tuesday, Feb. 24
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Create a quilt with nationally acclaimed quilter Nedra Bonds as part of “A Stitch in Time.”
Wednesday, Feb. 25
4-6 p.m.: Local quilters are invited to share their works as part of Nedra Bonds' “A Stitch in Time.”
6:30-8:30 p.m.: Nedra Bonds will lecture and discuss the social, political and historical aspects of quilting in the African American community. Participants will have the opportunity to quilt.
8:30 p.m.: PeaSoup Open Mic Night—Students express themselves with words, sounds and rhythm.
Thursday, Feb. 26
9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Create a quilt with Nedra Bonds.
4-5:30 p.m.: Singer and songwriter Deidre McCalla will perform an eclectic blend of folk, rock, country and pop at Java City. A question and answer session will follow.
Friday, Feb. 27
Noon: Using more than a dozen hats, Dr. Joe Cornelius, a.k.a. “The Hat Man,” will trace the past, present and future of African Americans with drama, music, humor and insight in the Morgan University Center Cafeteria. A question and answer session will follow.

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—Terry Stringer