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Black Family Weekend 2004, Oct. 22-24

October 19, 2004

[ Black Family Weekend ] DELAWARE, Ohio -- An East Coast Poetry Club, painting, festival, dancing, and eating will all be part of Black Family Weekend 2004 at Ohio Wesleyan University on October 22-24.

"Black Family Weekend has a long tradition at Ohio Wesleyan," said Director of Minority Affairs Darryl Peal, a 1985 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan. "It began as a way to bring African American, African, and Caribbean students into the spirit of Homecoming. But it has expanded and become an exciting part of the weekend with non African American, African, and Caribbean students and their families attending activities and enjoying our culture."

The culture of the Stuyvesant Hall Smoker will become an East Coast poetry club on Friday night. The event "Lyricists Lounge" will run from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and feature a live band, spoken word artist, and disc jockey. "It should be a really exciting event," says Peal. "It will provide a great club scene. We'll have students from the Alliance—a collection of Ohio Wesleyan's sister colleges (Wittenberg, Capital, Otterbein, Ohio Dominican, and Denison)—bringing van loads of students to the event." The band "Middle Child," is a Neo-Soul band from the East Coast, Vernell Bristow considered one of Central Ohio's top-spoken word poets, and deejay Krate will entertain the crowd.

On Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., alumni and friends will have the opportunity to add color to the House of Black Culture. Carolyn Pajestka, a senior art major from Valley View, Ohio, has been tracing designs to canvas in preparation for this event. Visitors will have the opportunity to paint the canvases with their choice of colors and the final products will be on display in the House the Black Culture. "Alumni that I have spoken with are really excited about the opportunity to paint and have it on display in the House," says Peal.

Other events associated with the Black Family Weekend are a breakfast on Saturday morning and dance on Saturday evening. Rafika Wa Africa will hold a mini-festival in Willa B. Player Center on Sunday from 2 - 4 p.m. and a traditional Trinidad dinner will be prepared on Sunday night.

For additional information on Black Family Weekend, contact Darryl Peal at 740-368-3151 or via e-mail at dapeal@owu.edu.