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'We Wear the Mask': ASU celebrates
Black History Month, Feb. 1-29
Jan. 21, 2008 --
Office of Student Affairs at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro will
sponsor “We Wear the Mask,” a celebration of Black History Month,
beginning Friday, Feb. 1, and extending throughout the month.
On Friday, Feb. 1, Black History Month begins with a special pair of
exhibitions at the ASU Museum, collectively titled “Medium as Message.”
One exhibition, curated by Rose Ong’oa, a doctoral student in Heritage
Studies, is “Wearing What Cannot Be Spoken: Kanga Cloth from Zanzibar,
East Africa,” and the other exhibition, “A Delta Era Gone By,” features
mid-20th century photography from Memphis photographer Nadia Price Bates
Strid. Strid’s lens captured the Delta’s African Americans at work, at
school, at play, and at church in Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi, and
These exhibitions are free and open to the public, thanks to ASU’s
Office of Diversity. The exhibitions will be open through Friday, March
14. The ASU Museum will also hold an exhibition reception and Cultural
Diversity Celebration on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 3-6 p.m., with
refreshments and hands-on activities for children.
ASU’s celebration of Black History Month concludes on Thursday, Feb. 28,
with the appearance of Dr. Henry Louis Gates as part of this year’s
Lecture-Concert Series. Dr. Gates, director of the W. E. B. DuBois
Institute for African and African American research, will present a
lecture, “Bridging the Digital Divide: W. E. B. DuBois and the Encarta
Americana,” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, on the
third floor of the ASU Reng Student Services Center/Student Union.
Other events are as follows:
Friday, Feb. 1
Dean B. Ellis Library presents an exhibit, “Women of the Central High
Crisis: The Politics of Gender and Desegregation.” The exhibition also
contains material about other women of the Civil Rights movement. For
more information, call the Dean B. Ellis Library at (870) 972-2766.
Wednesday, Feb. 6
The Tribal Leadership Center presents “Tunnel of Oppression” at 7
p.m. in the Heritage Plaza Lounge, ASU Student Union. This student
activity provides a walking tour through various historical modes of
oppression. Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch, assistant professor of history at
ASU, will lead a discussion following the tour.
Thursday, Feb. 7
The Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter hosts its annual Soul Food Dinner
at 5:30 p.m. at the ASU Armory. This long-standing tradition is
sponsored in part by the Delta Studies Center and ASU’s Office of
Multicultural Affairs in addition to the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter.
The dinner welcomes new faculty and community visitors and is free and
open to the public. Reverend Brandon D. Walker, pastor of St. John
Church, will deliver the invocation, and Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch,
assistant professor of history at ASU, will speak. For more information,
call (870) 972-2325.
Tuesday, Feb. 12
ASU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs sponsors Black
Entertainment Television (BET) host and
producer Jeff Johnson presenting a lecture, “Leadership in the 21st
Century.” This lecture will be at 7 p.m. in the Student Union
Wednesday, Feb. 13
ASU’s student chapter of the NAACP will present an open talk, “Bridging
the Gap: Prejudice or Preference?” at 6 p.m. in the Chickasaw Room,
Monday, Feb. 18
The documentary film “February One: Greensboro Four,” will be shown at 7
p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. Dr. Cherisse Jones-Branch,
assistant professor of history at ASU, will serve as facilitator for the
discussion following the film.
Thursday, Feb. 21
The ASU Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. E. Ron Horton, will perform
from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Center Court of ASU’s Student Union.
ASU’s Black Student Association sponsors an All Black Affair social
event at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, Reng Student Services Center/Student
Tuesday, Feb. 26
The ASU Jazz Band, under the direction of Dr. E. Ron Horton, will host ASU Jazz Night at 7 p.m. in Fowler Center.
Thursday, Feb. 28 (UPDATE...Gates lecture has been cancelled)
Dr. Henry Louis Gates, literary critic, educator, scholar, writer,
editor, and public intellectual, will appear as part of ASU’s
Lecture-Concert Series. Dr. Gates, who is currently serving as Alphonse
Fletcher University professor at Harvard, is director of the W. E. B.
DuBois Institute for African and African American research. He will
present a lecture, Bridging the Digital Divide: W. E. B. DuBois and the
Encarta Americana,” on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall,
ASU Reng Student Services Center/Student Union. Admission to the lecture
is free, and the public is invited.
For additional information on any of the events in “We Wear the Mask,”
ASU’s celebration of Black History Month, call Kimberley Johnson, ASU
Tribal Leadership Center/Office of Multicultural Affairs at (870)
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