Black History Month events
to feature PBS' Tony Brown

The theme for the February observance of Black History Month is "Many Cultures, Many Colors, One People."

"The focus is on identifying many different ways to revisit our history and connect it to contemporary issues," said Vera Rorie, assistant dean and director of the Office of Multicultural Programs and Services. "There is something for everyone: lectures, musical plays, panel discussions, art exhibits and worship services."

The calendar of events kicks off with "Sound and the Kidnapped Afrikan," an educational and historical musical from northeast Africa and Israel that depicts the history of Africa from the earliest times to the present. Sponsored by the Women's Auxiliary, the play will be performed at the Atlanta Civic Center at 3 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 1, and again at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2.

Long-running PBS talk-show host Tony Brown ("Tony Brown's Journal") will speak Friday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. at Glenn Church, and Morehouse College President Walter Massey will lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at WHSCAB auditorium.

Worship services during the monthlong celebration will be presided over by Randy Nugent, general secretary, General Board of Global Ministries (Feb. 2); Howard University Professor Cain Hope Felder (Feb. 9); Dwight Hopkins, associate professor of theology, The Divinity School, University of Chicago (Feb. 11); Vincent Harris, chaplain, Wiley College (Feb. 16); and Ted Weber, professor of ethics, Candler School of Theology (Feb. 23).

Two art history lectures are scheduled: "Islamic Mud Mosques in West Africa" on Monday, Feb. 24, and "Yoruba Art" on Wednesday, Feb. 26. Rounding out the month's events are a Black History Month Quiz Bowl on Feb. 4 and a forum on "Health Issues of the African-American Woman" on Feb. 26.

For more information, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 727-6754.

-Stacey Jones

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