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Third annual Soul Food Community
Festival to be held at ASU Armory
Jan. 31, 2008 --
Community potlucks, where everyone prepares and brings a favorite dish,
are a longstanding part of the Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter of the
Arkansas State University Alumni Association’s operating history and
tradition here at ASU.
Traditionally, these potlucks are held to welcome special visitors and
new faculty and to sustain links with the larger Jonesboro community.
This year, as an on-going collaboration between the Strong-Turner Alumni
Chapter of the ASU Alumni Association, the ASU Delta Studies Center and
ASU’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, the third annual Soul Food
Community Festival will be held on Thursday, Feb. 7, from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
at the ASU Armory. A short program will open the event. As in previous
years, the annual Soul Food Community Festival is open to all ASU
students, faculty, and Jonesboro community members.
Recognizing that African American foodways constitute a significant
dimension of African American culture and tradition, this year’s theme,
“Soul Food: African American Heritage and Health” and program will also
educate and inform regarding African American history, heritage, and
while sharing good food and company.
Cherisse Jones-Branch, assistant professor of history at ASU, will be
the program’s featured speaker. Also on the program will be Rev. Brandon
D. Walker, pastor, St. John Baptist Church; Latoya Carthon; Jajuan
Johnson, Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter oral history project director; and
Jackie Dedman, Strong-Turner Alumni Chapter president.
For more information, contact Peggy R. Wright at (870) 972-2325
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