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Jacksonville, Alabama

Black History Month Features
Variety of Special Events

JACKSONVILLE -- January 24, 2002 -- February is Black History Month, and JSU is celebrating the occasion with a variety of special events.

On February 6, Judge Mathis will be speaking at the Leone Cole Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Judge Mathis, a high school dropout, was in and out of jail for most of his young life. As a teenager, growing up in the housing projects of Detroit, Mathis was well on his way to a life of crime. But with a promise to his dying mother, Mathis turned his life around. He earned his GED, continued on to college and finally obtained his Juris Doctorate degree.

Finally, after overcoming numerous obstacles, Mathis was elected a Superior Court Judge for Michigan's 36th District. Judge Mathis brings an entirely different perspective to his dealings with people. He's compassionate, yet street smart, and not about to tolerate disregard for the law. He runs his courtroom with a very no-nonsense style, often using himself as an example to those who appear before him.

"Hooked On Love," a Soul Food Dinner Theater, will be presented on February 13 at Leone Cole Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. "Hooked On Love" is a heartwarming romantic comedy for a new age. Highly entertaining, fast moving skits show the hilarious changes people go through for romance and the chance to be "with that someone."

Music and comedy take the audience on the side-splitting, joy rides through the zany world of relationships. Through all the laughter, "Hooked On Love" ultimately confronts the serious question,"How do we really get along?" The show features special music by the JSU Gospel Choir and the JSU Jazz Ensemble.

The menu will include fried chicken, ham, potato salad, black-eyed peas, rice, candied yams, mashed potatoes with gravy, fried okra, mac and cheese, rolls, and cornbread. For desert, there will be a choice of peach cobbler, apple cobbler, banana pudding, or ice cream. Beverages served will be the ever famous Kool-Aid. Tickets are on sale in the Office of Multicultural Services.

The African American Heritage Month Pageant will be held on February 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Leone Cole Auditorium. Contestants who enter will participate in four categories: Buisness Wear, Who am I?, Formal Wear, and Interview. Entries are open to both female and male students. The deadline for entries is February 15th, and the cost will be $25.00.

"Who am I?" replaces the talent category. It is a tribute to the many prominent African-American people in our history. Judging for this category is based on the originality of the presentation and creativity. Free admission.

"The Soul of Nat Turner" is a musical about the noted Virginia Civil Rights activist in 1831. It was written and directed by Alabama State University's Associate Professor of Theater Dr. Anthony Sweeting. A large cast from Alabama State University Theater Department will perform this tribute to African-American history. The performance will take place on February 28, 2002. For more information, call 782-5648


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