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Ohio Wesleyan Campus Events Celebrate Black History Month

January 27, 2000

DELAWARE, OHIO -- To kick off this year's Black History Month, motivational speaker Henry Ford will bring African-Americans into the new millennium with his words of focus and encouragement on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in Benes Room B of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

On Wednesday, Feb. 2, from 9-11 p.m., come share your creative words on the microphone at Poetry Night/Snaps and Taps, which will take place in the Stuy Smoker located in Stuyvesant Hall. The event features Columbus' own jazz group, "Blacklist."

The opportunity to meet the nine historically Black Greek letter organizations will be on Thursday, Feb.3 from 8-10 p.m. in Benes Room B. The program also features Darryl Peal, coordinator of ethnic diversity and assistant dean of students at Otterbein College as moderator.

Saturday, Feb. 5, is the day to pay tribute to African-American films such as The Color Purple, The Wiz, and Higher Learning. The movies will be shown in the Willa B. Player Black Resource Center (CAVE) from 12-7:30 p.m. Also on Saturday, funny man Vince Morris brings comedy to a whole different level. Morris has appeared on BET Comic View and other comedy shows. The performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Stuy Smoker. Immediately following Vince Morris, there will be a free After Party! Party -- including dancing -- in the Willa B. Player Black Resource Center (CAVE).

If you are thinking about starting your own business, come to a presentation featuring African-American Entrepreneurs and Supporting African-American Businesses on Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Benes Room B.

The Ebony & Ivory Formal is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. in the Benes Room. There will be food, music and live DJ. Advanced tickets are $10 per person and $12 per person at the door.

On Thursday, Feb. 17, at 8 p.m. in Gray Chapel of University Hall, come listen to the soulful sounds of some serious divas. R&B female singing group "IMANI" rocks the house.

Then, on Friday, Feb. 18, experience a Teach-In. Come discuss revelant issues pertaining to the African-American community in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Atrium from Noon - 1 p.m.

The highlight of Black History Month is on Saturday, Feb. 19. "Step Into Our History" Step Show Competition, featuring historically African-American Greek lettered fraternities and sororities. For ticket information, contact Takeisha Presson at 740-368-2557 or takeisha7997@hotmail.com. Following the step show competition is an all Greek party featuring the latest hip hop, R&B and raggae. The party is free with ticket stub and $5 without stub. It will be held in the Benes Room and will last until 2 p.m.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, a presentation titled, "Reflections of a Black, Deaf Woman," features deaf actress Michelle Banks. It is a dynamic and inspirational one woman play about the struggles of being an African-American, Deaf Woman. Voice interpreter provided. The play is scheduled for 8 p.m. in the Chappelear Drama Center and is free.

On Friday, Feb. 25, Tea and Trumpets will be sponsored by Rafiki Wa Africa in Hamilton-Williams at 3 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 26, a celebration of African and Caribbean culture will close out the events scheduled for Black History Month. The celebration will feature food, dance and song and will take place in the Benes Room at 2 p.m.

The sponsors for Black History Month include the Black Presidents Council, Student Union on Black Awareness (SUBA), Career Services, Student Activities, Sisters United, Residential Life, OWU Deaf Awareness Club, and Rafiki Wa Africa.

For questions regarding events during Black History Month, contact Dr. Kathryn Ogletree, Director of the Minority Student Affairs Office, by phone at 740-368-3151 or by e-mail at kmogletr@owu.edu. Or contact Angela Harris at 740-368-3183/3175 or alharris@owu.edu.