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Hip-hop culture, 2004 election are featured topics for African American

APSU's African American History Month celebration will feature a February full of music, dance, drama and literature—as well as workshops, community awareness projects, film screenings and a lecture by hip-hop youth culture expert Bakari Kitwana.

This year's activities include:

Tuesday, Feb. 1
Poet/writer/actress/motivational speaker Regina Vincent Clark at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 2
APSU's Tsunami Charity starts at noon. Sponsored by the African American Student Association (AASA) and the African American Cultural Center (AACC).

Monday, Feb. 7
The 16th Annual National African-American Read-In Chain takes place 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Participants will read poetry, historically significant passages and other works continuously to promote African-American literacy.

Tuesday, Feb. 8
Join students and faculty for PeaSoup, a series featuring original poetry readings and live music, at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 9
Dr. Albert Wauaku, assistant professor of sociology at APSU, presents his latest research findings at 3 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 10
A screening of the film “Just Another Girl on I.R.T.” takes place at 7 p.m. Sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Inc. and Black Men Emerging.

Friday, Feb. 11
Delta Sigma Theta's Peppermint Affair will be held from 7 p.m.-1 a.m. in the University Center.

Sunday, Feb. 13
The Gospel Explosion Song and Praise Fest begins at 4 p.m. in Clement Auditorium. Featuring the choirs of First Missionary Baptist Church, Greater St. James Church, Greater Missionary Baptist Church, Greater St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Nashville and APSU's Voices of Triumph.

Monday, Feb. 14
A Valentine's Day AIDS Clinic Workshop, sponsored by the Metropolitan Interdenominational Church-First Response Center in Nashville, will be held at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 15
The AASA's annual game night, “The Spot,” starts at 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 17
The AASA hosts a screening of Spike Lee's “School Daze” at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 18
The African American Luncheon begins at 11 a.m. Sponsored by the Student Minority Affairs Club.

Monday, Feb. 21
Dr. Alvin Hughes, professor of history at APSU, lectures on the 2005 African American History theme, “The Niagara Movement,” a sociopolitical movement that was the forerunner to formation of the NAACP.

Tuesday, Feb. 22
David Shivers presents a dramatization of the challenges Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. faced as a leader during PeaSoup at 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 23
Bakari Kitwana, former executive editor of The Source, a magazine of hip-hop music, culture and politics, lectures on the political impact of this genre at 6 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom. Sponsored by the AASA.

Thursday, Feb. 24
•Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, assistant professor of English at APSU, and the AACC will sponsor the Langston Hughes Poetry Circle at noon, in cooperation with the Langston Hughes National Poetry Project and the Academy of American Poets.

•Angelique “Sobande” Greer will present a workshop on entrepreneurship. This interactive workshop will introduce students to the real world of business equipping them with the tools to start their own businesses.

All events are free and will take place in the African American Cultural Center unless noted otherwise. For more information about APSU's African American History Month events, telephone Dr. Valerie Barnes, director of the African American Cultural Center, at (931) 221-7120.
—Rebecca Mackey