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ONU Celebrates Black History Month

Jan 29, 2008
Ohio Northern University will commemorate Black History Month this February with a number of scheduled events. Several campus organizations will collaborate to provide diverse opportunities to celebrate African-American heritage. Here is the schedule of February's activities:

Tuesday, Feb. 5
"Spirituality as Liberation in the Lives of Two African-American Women: Jarena Lee and Zilpha Elaw"
Presentation by Dr. Margot Cullen, associate professor of English
5 p.m. - McIntosh Center Faculty Dining Lounge
Dr. Cullen will present a scholarly lecture on the lives of Jarena Lee and Zilpha Elaw, two pioneering African-American women

Thursday, Feb. 7
An Evening and Discussion with Mr. Floyd Keith
7 p.m. - McIntosh Center Grand Ballroom
The Office of Multicultural Development presents an evening with ONU alumnus Floyd Keith. A native of St. Marys, Ohio, Keith currently serves as the executive director of the Black Coaches and Administrators Association.

Saturday, Feb. 9
Annual Kuumba Festival
8 p.m. - McIntosh Center Activities Room
This annual showcase of talent includes dance, song, poetry, culture and music. "Kuumba" is a Swahili word that means "creativity." This all-campus event celebrates the creative influence of all ethnic backgrounds and cultures.

Tuesday, Feb. 12
7 p.m. - Dicke Hall Forum
This Academy Award-winning film is presented by the New Dimensions in Diversity Film Series and the Black Student Union.

Thursday, Feb. 14
Annual Black Student Union Fashion Show
7 p.m. - McIntosh Center Activities Room
Come enjoy the annual fashion show sponsored by the Black Student Union. For more information, please contact Reginald Onyido, president of the Black Student Union at

Friday, Feb. 15
The LaTreice Branson Experience: Art Exhibit and Lecture
6:30 p.m. - Dicke Hall Foyer
The Office of Multicultural Development presents the LaTreice Branson Experience. The event will feature an art exhibit and lecture by Ms. Branson, followed by a reception. This event is free and open to the public.

Sunday, Feb. 17
Soul Food Dinner
6 p.m. - Multicultural Center
The Office of Multicultural Development and the Black Student Union invite you to a dinner complete good food, fellowship and soul.

Monday, Feb. 18
Kold Kutz: A Black Barbershop Experience in Ada
6:30 p.m. - Multicultural Center
This program will feature African-American barbers from Lima, Ohio, who will offer free haircuts for the first 50 Ohio Northern Students who sign up and are present for the entire event.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Cultural Conversation Hour-Tupac Shakur: Martyr or Minstrel
11:30 a.m. - Dicke Hall Forum
Join us for this forum examining the life, work and legacy of Tupac Shakur. Lunch will be provided following the forum.

The Black Law Students Association
Twice-weekly, 11:30 a.m. to 12: 30 p.m.
College of Law Moot Court Room (room 129)/ Informal Lounge
The Black Law Students Association offers events throughout February. These twice-weekly events will include black history facts, videos and films about black leaders, music from influential black entertainers, and rounds of black history trivia. In addition, each event includes a special activity, as noted below.

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Black poetry and spoken word

Thursday, Feb. 7
African dance

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Generational heritage fashion show

Thursday, Feb. 14
Sweet treats

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Black poetry and spoken word

For more information about the Black History Month activities or the Office of Multicultural Development at Ohio Northern University, please contact Clyde Pickett at (419) 772-3145.