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JSU Celebrates
Black History Month

By Sherry Kughn
JSU News Bureau

January 21, 2004 -- Variety seems to be the key for this year’s Black History Month. Seven different events have been planned by The Office of Multicultural Services at Jacksonville State University, according to David Zeigler, head of the office and the program’s planner.

This year’s celebration begins with “Comedy Night” on Feb. 5 that is free to students and features the nationally known comedian, Shawty-Shawty, who often appears on BET television’s Comic View. Also coming that night are Tyler Craig and Pat Brown, two regulars at the Birmingham Comedy Club, who will round out the program.

“It’s an R-rated show,” said Zeigler. “Shawty-Shawty jokes a lot about being short, and Tyler Craig jokes about the relationships between men and women. Pat Brown, a comedienne, will host the event.”

The month is filled with other events that are both entertaining and educational.

“Students normally won’t come to hear a speaker or a lecturer,” said Zeigler, “but if you combine that with entertainment and then throw in some food, they’ll show up.”

All activities this year are based on the theme of “celebrating the 50th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education.” That is the famous Supreme Court case, which ended for schools the practices of segregation and “separate but equal” practices. The variety of activities in the line-up should include something that appeals to everyone. The Black Alumni Chapter’s annual meeting and banquet on Feb. 28 will end the month’s activities.

Zeigler said the Arts and Entertainment’s committee of JSU’s African American Association has been working on the Black History Month program since September of last year. All but a few of the events are free to students.

Here’s a calendar of events:

  • Feb. 5 -- Comedy Night at 7:30 p.m. at Leone Cole Auditorium, Tyler Craig & Host, Pat Brown, and “Shawty, Shawty. Admission is free to students, $10 for others. General admission. The sponsors are the Office of Multicultural Services and the Students Government Association.

  • Feb. 10Coffee House at 7 p.m. at the Gamecock Center, featuring JSU’s own creative poets and writers. Those wishing to take part are asked to bring their favorite written material, including songs. Coffee and hot chocolate is free.

  • Feb. 12Soul Food Dinner Theater at 6:30 p.m. at Leone Cole Auditorium, featuring Pin Points Theater, the JSU Gospel Choir, and fried chicken, fish, vegetables and desserts. $10 for students, $15 for others, general admission. Deadline for tickets, Feb. 10.

  • Feb. 19African American Heritage Month Pageant, 7:30 p.m. at Leone Cole Auditorium, Deadline for entries is Feb. 13. Call 782-5886 for applications, which are open to male and female students. Judging will be on interview, talent and fashion. $25 sponsorship fee charge per applicant. Event free but door prize tickets will be sold. Proceeds to a scholarship fund.

  • Feb. 22JSU Gospel Choir in Concert and Drama Presentation at 6:00 p.m. at Leone Cole Auditorium, Free. Two two-act plays will be presented.

  • Feb. 24Speaker of the Month, motivational speaker, Hasani Pettiford, at 7:30 p.m. at Leone Cole Auditorium, Free.

  • Feb. 28Black Alumni Chapter annual meeting and banquet at 5:30 p.m. at Houston Cole Library, 11th floor, featuring the chapter President’s Reception at 5:30 p.m., chapter meeting and election of vacant offices at 6:15 p.m. Dinner music by JSU Jazz Ensemble at 7 p.m. during a soul food banquet with motivational speakers. Students will also have job-seeking opportunities at the event. Deadline for buying the $15 tickets at the Multicultural Office is Feb. 25.

Contact The Office of Multicultural Services at 782-5886 for more information about any event.


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