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January 24, 2003

Celebrations scheduled for Black History Month

Event Schedule

California State University, Sacramento has planned a series of events to observe Black History Month. February was officially designated for the celebration because both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln were born within the month.

The month kicks off early with a visit from Ed Gordon, the multi-talented producer, writer, and host of "BET Tonight." Gordon, who interviewed former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott last month, will speak at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 in the University Union Ballroom. Tickets are $12 general admission and $7 for students.

Other highlights include an explosive dance performance by Step Afrika USA at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 6 in the University Union Ballroom. The percussive dance ensemble showcases the African American fraternity and sorority art of "stepping" and its links to dance traditions around the world. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $7 for students.

Other musical events include the "History of Gospel Music" at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. Reggie Graham will deliver a lecture and performance in the University Union's Hinde Auditorium. Graham is a local jazz musician and the music director for the New Testament Baptist Church in Sacramento. The energetic keyboardist has performed in concert with artists including Dizzy Gillespie. This is a free event.

At 8 p.m. Feb. 19-22, 27 and 28 in Solano Hall's Dancespace, dance and theater professor Linda Goodrich and Sacramento Black Art of Dance, also known as S/BAD, present their "Heritage" dance concert. Tickets are $13 general, $11 for students and $8 for children.

There are several speakers also visiting campus. "Cosby Show" actor Malcolm-Jamal Warner will share his poetry and commentary at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 in the University Ballroom. General admission is $10 and student admission is $5.

Equilla Lake, the director of psychological counseling services at the University is giving a discussion titled "The African American in Black and White: 20th Century Race Psychology Revisited" at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 19 in the University Union Delta Suite.

The organization AFRICA, Africans for Re-education, Innovation, Consciousness and Achievement, will also host a series of workshops and forums focusing on the local black community. For information call (916) 421-4598.

See the attached schedule for a more complete listing. For more information about Black History Month phone the office of the Cooper-Woodson College Enhancement Program at (916) 278-5363. For ticketed events call the CSUS Ticket Office at (916) 278-4323. Additional media assistance is available by contacting the CSUS public affairs office at (916) 278-6156.

Event Schedule

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