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Full calendar of events planned for African American History Month

February 11, 2003

After kicking off the month with the Unity Feast and a one-man performance by award-winning actor, Darryl Van Leer, Austin Peay officials unveiled the remainder of APSU's activities to celebrate African American History Month.

Throughout February, the exhibit “Let My People Go: Enslavement and Abolition” can be viewed during regular operating hours in Woodward Library. On loan from the personal collection of Dr. Nancy Dawson, director and associate professor of African American studies, the exhibit is comprised of artifacts of African enslavement and American and abolitionist papers.

There will be a panel discussion on the topic of “Reparation” at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 14 in the Harambee Room, Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. Sponsored by the African American Studies Program, the discussion will offer both pro and con positions on this controversial subject.

At 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15 in the Harambee Room, Nana Imakus Okofo, a noted educator and Ghanian-based Afrocentric cultural specialist, will lecture on “Reparations: The African Perspective.”

The video “This Far by Faith” will be shown at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 16 in the Harambee Room. Sponsored by the department of communication and theatre, it reveals the richness of the African American experience by exploring the role African American religious communities and leaders have played in shaping the meaning and practice of America's democratic ideals.

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself” will be shown at 5 p.m., Monday, Feb 17 in Java City in the UC. Tyler Perry's video focuses on the notion that “we fight so hard to hold onto the things that God, Himself, is trying to tear apart.” A limited number of Tyler Perry t-shirts will be given away as door prizes.

Also sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership, the internationally acclaimed film “Hurricane” will be shown at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 18 in Clement Auditorium. Depicting Rubin “Hurricane” Carter's life, the movie emphasizes Carter's self-determination and inner strength during his imprisonment and fight to be released from an unjust jail sentence. It also tells the stories of John Artis and others involved in this miscarriage of justice. After the movie, the audience will have an opportunity to talk with the special guest speaker, John Artis.

A second showing of “Hurricane” will be held at 2 p.m. the following day (Feb. 19) in Java City, followed by “An Evening with John Artis” at 6 p.m. in Clement Auditorium. Artis will give a motivational talk inspired by his triumph over adversity. Artis, who was arrested with Hurricane Carter in 1966 and unjustly convicted of a triple murder, was exonerated after 15 years in prison. His message is one of hope, faith and self-determination in the face of injustice.

At 7 p.m. on Feb 19, the third in a series of University-Community Forums on Black History and Culture will be held in the Harambee Room of the African American Cultural Center with sponsorship by the African American Staff, Administrators and Faculty. Framed by the topic “African American Politics and Culture,” the forum features Dr. James Mock, professor of public management, and Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, assistant professor of languages and literature.

At noon Feb 20, the 30-minute documentary titled “Everyday Battle, Fannie Lou Hamer” will be shown in the Harambee Room. Created by Rex Barnett, it chronicles Hamer's role in transforming Mississippi politics and precipitating an end to segregation politics. The event is sponsored by APSU's Women's Studies Program.

At 5 p.m., Feb. 20 in Clement Auditorium, there will be a showing of Tyler Perry's video, “Madea's Family Reunion,” which is centered on the main character's plea, “Y'all pray for me cause this here family is so screwed up I might have to do a ‘drive-by' on the whole family.”

Then at 6 p.m. that evening in the Harambee Room, the African American Students Association and the MAAPS Scholars will sponsor an “African American Trivia Bowl,” a rousing competition between student groups answering questions about events in African American history.

From 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24, a Black Inventions Exhibit will be on display in the UC lobby. Sponsored by the Office of Student Life and Leadership and titled “We Represent Dreams Fulfilled,” the exhibit reveals surprising facts and highlights the accomplishments of African Americans in science, aerospace communication, health care, agriculture, transportation and engineering.

The final forum of the University-Community Forums on Black History and Cultures Series begins at 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 24 in the Harambee Room. “African/African American Culture and Preservation” features an African heritage fashion and hair-designs show organized by the Timbuktu African American Studies Minor Association in conjunction with TLC NuWave School of Cosmetology. Dr. Nancy Dawson, associate professor of African American studies, and Dr. Jacqueline Wade, director of the W.N Daniel African American Cultural Center, will lead a discussion about the importance of cultivating and preserving African-centered traditions in the African American community.

From 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25, “A Firm Foundation” will be held in the Harambee Room. The program, sponsored by the Development Studies Program, is designed to honor the lives of African Americans who have lifted the human spirit through arts and religion, made lives easier through science and invention, added to human knowledge through intellectual endeavor or served as examples of courage and grace in their professional and daily lives.

Beginning at 12:30 p.m., Feb. 27 in UC 303, this month's Book Talk, which is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, features “This Bridge Called My Back: Radical Writings by Women of Color” and “This Bridge We Call Home: Radical Visions for Transformation.” Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, assistant professor of languages and literature, and Dr. Jill Eichhorn, Women's Studies Program coordinator, will lead a discussion on these books.

At 7 p.m. on Feb 27 in the UC Ballroom, the African American Student Association and the MAAPS Scholars will sponsor “Jazz Night,” a grand finale to the University's celebration of African American History Month, featuring the jazz of the Charles Cooper Quartet with melodies from the early '90s to current R & B hits.

For more information about APSU's African American History Month activities, telephone Dr. Jacqueline Wade at 6274.