Emory Report

February 9, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 20

Comedian Bill Bellamy highlights February's Black History Month

The theme for the February observance of Black History Month is "Keeping the Story Told."

The month will see performances, services and lectures aimed at many audiences to celebrate African-American heritage.

Comedian Bill Bellamy will perform Feb. 10 in Glenn Auditorium. For free tickets, call 404-727-8425. On Feb. 12, Bernard Watson, educator, administrator and writer, will give a booksigning and speak on "Colored, Negro, Black: Chasing the American Dream" at 6 p.m. in Cox Ballroom. Poet and educator Sonia Sanchez will hold a book signing and reception Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. in Cox Ballroom.

Robert Franklin, former director of black church studies at Emory and current president of the Interdenominational Theological Center, will speak at the Heritage Award ceremony Feb. 20. Osceola McCarty, the "washboard woman" from Mississippi, will receive the award. Tickets are $15, and the event runs from 7 to 10 p.m. in Cox Hall. Tables can be purchased for $120.

Two worship services will be presided over by Walter Kimbrough, pastor of Cascade United Methodist Church (Feb. 17), and Cynthia Hale, pastor of Ray of Hope Christian Church (Feb. 19). The Candler School's black caucus will sponsor a day of prayer Feb. 16 to commemorate those who have made great contributions to make black people an integral part of American society, and Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.will see Gospel Explosion 1998, a night of praise through gospel music and spirituals in Cannon Chapel.

Selected artistic programs include a colloquium on the art of writing poetry, Feb. 18 at noon in the African American Studies Reading and Conference Room, and a presentation of ideas and inspiration for the production of Wole Soyinka's play, Lion & Jewel, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Rich Building.

For more information on these activities or a comprehensive list of events, call the Office of Multicultural Programs at 404-727-6754.

-Michael Terrazas

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