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Ohio Wesleyan Plans Black History Month Activities

January 29, 2007

In honor of Black History Month, Ohio Wesleyan University’s Office of Minority Student Affairs is planning special events ranging from a Caribbe-Afrique Festival to an appearance by former “ER” actress Gloria Reuben.

All events are free and open to the public.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 1 – “King-Dreaming: Living in the legacy of HIStory & HERstory,” featuring Marshawn Evans, J.D. Evans, an entrepreneur and up-and-coming litigator and media personality, is a former cast member of the hit NBC television show, “The Apprentice.” The event will be held in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center, 40 Rowland Ave.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 5 – Professor Reko Mate of the University of Zimbabwe will present “AIDS in Zimbabwe.” This program, held in the Bayley Room in Beeghly Library, 43 Rowland Ave., is sponsored by the Department of Black World Studies and the Office of Student Minority Affairs.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 8 – Presentation by Ephren Taylor, the youngest African American chief executive officer of a publicly traded company. In addition to heading up City Capital Corporations, a loan and investment-based business development firm, Taylor owns three other companies. The event will be held in the Phillips Hall Auditorium, 50 S. Henry St.

This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date.
7:30 p.m., Feb. 16
– Creator Arianne Price brings to campus her play “Twenty-1: The Age of Ultimate Change.” The play is described as a mix of Tyler Perry’s “Medea” series and John Singleton’s popular culture classic, “Higher Education.” It’s both a comical and a dramatic look at the lives of higher education students in America. The play will be performed in Gray Chapel at University Hall, 61 S. Sandusky St.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 20 – Presentation by Kevin Powell, author of six books including “Who’s Gonna Take the Weight? Manhood, Race, and Power in America,” an Essence magazine best-seller. The event will be held in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 24 – Ohio Wesleyan’s Rafiki Wa Afrika, a group that seeks to raise awareness of social, cultural, and political issues on the African continent and in the African American community, will sponsor the Caribbe-Afrique Festival in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center. The rich, cultural experience will include food, music, and dance.

7:30 p.m., Feb. 27 – Come hear intimate details about the Ghana Mission team’s experiences during its recent trip to the African country. Held in the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center’s Benes Rooms, the event will include music, food, and visual presentations.

Noon, Mar. 1 – Dr. Jacqueline J. Royster of The Ohio State University will present “Black Women in the Academy,” a discussion of the issues and challenges experienced by African American women as they navigate through higher education. The event will take place in Corns 312.

8 p.m., Mar. 28 – Gloria Reuben, best known for her Emmy-nominated stint as an HIV-positive healthcare professional on the NBC television show “ER,” will give a presentation on HIV/AIDS and gender in the African American community. The event will take place in the Benes Rooms of the Hamilton-Williams Campus Center.