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Variety show kicks off Black History Month

February 04, 2010 12:00AM

The Office of Student Diversity at Pittsburg State University will begin the celebration of Black History Month with an educational evening about the progression of black culture from Africa to today.

"Umoja: A Celebration of Black History," will begin at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, in the Crimson and Gold Ballroom in Overman Student Center.

A Swahili word meaning "unity," Umoja is the theme for the celebrations throughout the month. Saturday's free variety show will feature a range of acts, including dance, music, and dramatic performance, as well as a keynote address by Dr. Edith Coleman, a PSU alumna and retired educator.

A raffle for bookstore gift certificates will be held during the event, and intermission will offer a chance for participants to sample foods from many of the countries involved in the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. The evening will also include a black history quiz and game show, and a performance by a gospel choir.

Other events in recognition of Black History Month include:

  • "Slam," an evening of spoken word and Slam poetry featuring performers from the Kansas City metropolitan area. The poetry slam will be held in the U-Club from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, with an open mic session at 7.
  • A screening of "The Black List" volumes 1 and 2, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in the Office of Student Diversity, 104 Horace Mann.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Diversity at 620-235-4077or

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