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Sister Souljah returns to APSU for African American History Month

February 5, 2001

Headlining Austin Peay State University's month-long celebration of African American History Month is a return performance by rapper and best-selling author, Sister Souljah, who first lectured at APSU in the early 1990s.

Souljah will speak at 7 p.m., Feb. 22 in Clement Auditorium. With the theme "Creating and Defining the African American Community: Family, Church, Politics and Culture," APSU highlights achievements of African Americans during February through art exhibits, forums, films, lectures and talent shows, all of which are free and open to the public.

"This celebration is especially important because it's the first celebration of a new millennium," said Dr. Jacqueline Wade, director of the Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center. "We have an opportunity to get it right in a positive, beautiful way. This is a new day and a joyous time to celebrate."

Events for the first week are:

Throughout February: A month-long exhibit of work by APSU African American art majors begins the month's festivities. Co-sponsored by the Woodward Library and the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts, the African American Cultural Center and the department of art, the exhibit is in Woodward Library.

Feb. 7: The APSU Women's Studies Program sponsors a book discussion on "Where We Stand: Class Matters" by Bell Hooks. Mary Elaine Horn, APSU adjunct instructor of psychology, will lead the discussion beginning at 11 a.m. in the African American Cultural Center.

"The Woman Behind the Gold: Wilma Glodean Rudolph," produced by Dr. Yvonne Prather, assistant professor of speech, communication and theatre, will be shown at 4:30 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center.

At 7 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center, there will be an open discussion led by African American business owners. Delta Sigma Theta Sorority sponsors this event.

Feb. 8: A diversity workshop, sponsored by the APSU Office of MultiEthnic Services, will be held in the African American Cultural Center beginning at 2 p.m. Eleanor Graves, director of multiethnic services, and Edith Costanza, both certified by the National Coalition Building Institute, will lead this workshop, which will emphasis acceptance, understanding and tolerance of diverse cultural, racial and ethnic groups.

Award-winning author David Bradley, holder of APSU's Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence in the Creative Arts, will give a lecture, "To Make Them Stand in Fear: The Function of Lynching in Contemporary America," at 7 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center. The event is co-sponsored by the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the department of language and literature.

Feb. 9: Games, videos, food and fellowship are part of various activities designed to unite APSU students. This event is called "The Spot-Celebrating our Present," and begins at 7 p.m. in the African American Cultural Center.

Feb. 11: At 4 p.m., the Wilma Rudolph documentary will be shown again.

Events are schedule throughtout the month and each week's events will be listed in upcoming issues of "InnerAction. For more information on these events, telephone (931) 221-7120.