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ASU celebrates Black History
Month with events from Feb. 2-Feb. 26
Arkansas State University-Jonesboro will celebrate Black History Month
throughout the month of February. This year’s theme is "Rethinking
America’s Identity.” Special presentations include a
world-renowned author and poet Nikki
Giovanni. Ms. Giovanni’s lecture will take place on Thursday, Feb.
11, at 7 p.m., in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union’s
Centennial Ballroom. The Reng Student Services Center/Student Union is
located at 101 N. Caraway Road in Jonesboro.
Ms. Giovanni’s lecture is
free, and the public is invited.
The celebration kicks off with
Charles Holt’s Lecture-Concert event,
“When Having It All Is
Just Not Enough,” in the Reng Student Services Center/Student Union
Student Auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Holt’s performance,
like all Lecture-Concert Series events, is free and open to the public.
For more details, contact
Dr. Gil Fowler (email@example.com),
associate dean for the Honors College, at (870) 972-2308.
On Thursday, Feb. 4,
annual Soul Food Day
will be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. in the National Guard Armory, 1915
Aggie Road, Jonesboro. NOTE: Due to inclement
weather, this event has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18, at the
same time and in the same venue. This event is
by the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, the Office of
Multicultural Affairs, and the Delta Studies Center. This annual potluck
dinner is a popular event for the campus community. This year’s program
begins at 6 p.m. and will be presented by the Wortham family of Trumann.
The Worthams will present “African-American Legacy and Tradition:
Growing Our Own Food from Garden to Table.” In case of inclement
weather, Soul Food Day will be rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 18. For
more information, contact Peggy R. Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) at (870)
972-2325, or see the printable
On Saturday, Feb. 6, the ASU Museum presents Ghanaian storyteller and
drummer Zinse Agginie from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Agginie appears in the
museum’s Main Gallery on the second floor of the Dean B. Ellis Library,
322 University Loop West Circle. The event is free and open to the
public, thanks to the support of ASU’s Office of Diversity. For more
information, contact Lenore Shoults (email@example.com), assistant
director, ASU Museum, at (870) 972-2074.
On Sunday, Feb. 7, there will be a World Aids Day lecture, sponsored by
the National Association of Black Social Workers, in ASU's Student Union
auditorium at 6 p.m.
Dr. Gauri Bhattacharya,
professor in the
Department of Social Work,
will distinguish “equality” and “equity,” while establishing the
importance both of these concepts in social progress in the
presentation, "Equity vs. Equality Diversity Dialogue" on
Monday, Feb. 15, at 6 p.m., in the Mockingbird
Room of ASU's Student Union.
This event had originally been scheduled for
Monday, Feb. 8, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather.
Bhattacharya will review historic, social, cultural, economic and
political challenges, as well as some of the challenges and actions
necessary for addressing them. For more information on both the World
Aids Day lecture and Dr. Bhattacharya’s “Equity vs. Equality Diversity
Dialogue,” contact ASU’s Department of Social Work at (870) 972-3984.
Rock’s popular documentary film, “Good Hair,” will be presented with a
discussion to follow in the Student Union Mockingbird Room on Wednesday,
Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. The program will address issues of African American
self-esteem, identity, and more. This event has
been rescheduled for Monday, Feb. 22, at 6 p.m., with venue to be
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, the “Tunnel of
Oppression” event takes place in the Student Union Centennial Ballroom
at 7 p.m. The program is designed to create an awareness of different
types of oppression and its effects within society and the campus
Guest speaker Safisha Hill presents a lecture, “Stepping Back Into
Time,” in the Student Union Centennial Ballroom on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at
7 p.m. The Third Annual Fashion Expo takes place in the Student Union
Centennial Ballroom on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m. The Black Student
Association offers a chance for participants and audience to test their
knowledge in the Black History Quiz Bowl, taking place in the Student
Union Mockingbird Room on Thursday, Feb. 25, at 6 p.m.
Black History Month 2010 concludes with the “All-Black Affair” Gala at
Fowler Center on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. The formal event allows
students to come together in a relaxed atmosphere and mingle with
faculty and staff while enjoying food and live entertainment.
For more information on Black History Month at Arkansas State
University-Jonesboro, contact Kimberley Johnson
assistant dean of students, at ASU’s Leadership Center, (870) 972-2055.
--This release was provided by Dr. Nancy Hendricks, director, Alumni
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