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Clayton State announces Black History Month theme, events

Gospel music, dialogues on segregation, integration, challenges facing African Americans, as well as banquets are on tap at Clayton State University, in February, as the university celebrates "Black History Month."

On Friday, university officials announced a long list of "Black History Month" events planned for next month, as students, staff, faculty and community members take time to celebrate the contributions African Americans have made to society. The events are spread throughout the month, and are being sponsored several organizations at the university.

Under the theme, "Yesterday Was Changed, Can We Change Tomorrow?" the university will present [nine] events designed to honor the heritage, culture and contributions of Black Americans, university spokesperson, Lauren Graves, wrote in a news release.

Tuesday will mark the beginning of "Black History Month," but Clayton State will hold its kick-off event a couple of days later, focusing on the literary contributions of African Americans.

The free-to-attend event, entitled "Expression Night: My Black Is ...," will be held on Thursday, from 7 p.m., to 9 p.m., in the cafe at the Student Activities Center, on the university's main campus in Morrow. It will be sponsored the university's DEEP Peer Educators, and Clayton State Internet Radio, and will feature a live performance drumming, dancing and singing group, Drum Cafe.

"Students will also take part reciting well-known, and original works, paying tribute to black culture, poets and authors," Graves wrote in the university's Black History Month news release.

More information on the kick-off event can be obtained sending an e-mail to amolina@student.clayton.edu.

Other "Black History Month" events include:

• An "On the Other Side of the Track: Segregation versus Integration" interactive dialogue, hosted Clayton State's Department of Campus Life and DEEP Peer Educators, on Feb. 17, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., in the ballroom at the Student Activities Center. There is no cost to attend this event. For more information, call (678) 466-5433.

• The "Fourth Annual Black History Month Gospel Explosion," sponsored the Clayton State University Gospel Choir, on Feb. 20, beginning at 5 p.m., in the Student Activities Center. Local artists, collegiate choirs and liturgical dancers are scheduled to perform at this free event. For more information, send an e-mail to cwilson29@student.clayton.edu.

• A "Refined Class: Etiquette Course," hosted Clayton State's Campus Events Council, on Feb. 22, from 6 p.m., to 8 p.m., in Ballroom "C," at the Student Activities Center. There is no cost to attend this event. Send an e-mail to cec@clayton.edu.

• A "Refined Attitude: My Blacktitude," a dialogue on the current state of the African-American community, and the challenges it faces, on Feb. 23, from 6:30 p.m., to 8 p.m., in Ballroom "A," at the Student Activities Center. There is no fee to attend this event, which is being sponsored Clayton State's Campus Events Council. Send an e-mail to cec@clayton.edu.

• The "Second Annual Walk of Dreams Banquet," which is hosted the university's Campus Life department, Campus Events Council and DEEP Peer Educators, on Feb. 24, beginning at 6 p.m., in the ballroom at Clayton State's Student Activities Center Ballroom. The event is free for Clayton State students, but will cost non-students $10. For more information, call (678) 466-5433.

• "The Refined Ball: The Black Tie Affair," co-hosted Clayton State's Campus Events Council, and the Tau Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., on Feb. 25, from 7:30 p.m., to 11 p.m., in the Atrium of Clayton State's Harry S. Downs Continuing Education Building, which is on the school's main campus in Morrow. The event will feature dining and dancing, and is designed to celebrate refinement in African-American history. It is free for Clayton State students, but non-students will have to pay a $10 admission fee. Send an e-mail to cec@clayton.edu.

• A free-to-attend presentation on African-American folk songs, led Dr. J. Robert Adams, associate professor of vocal studies and operative productions at Clark Atlanta University, on Feb. 28, beginning at 11:15 a.m., in the university's Spivey Hall concert facility, which is on the school's main campus in Morrow. The event is part of the Spivey Hall Young People's Concert Series. For more information, call (678) 466-4481.