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Feb. 14, 2002
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego is celebrating Black History Month in February with a variety of events. Members of the Black Student Union organized the main activities under the Black History Month motto of "Solidarity" with a theme of "We know our past. Let's not forget it."
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, Roosevelt Muhammad, assistant dean of students, will speak in the formal lounge at the BSU weekly meeting about the importance of celebrating and appreciating Black History Month.
The American Association of University Women will present a lecture on the Underground Railroad on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.
The BSU Dinner, scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the Hewitt Union ballroom, will feature activist Dennis Muhammad as the keynote speaker as well as a live band performance. Tickets are on sale at the Hewitt Union box office.
Also, throughout the month, BSU will show free films in the Hewitt Union lobby, including "Roots" and "The Color Purple." Posters around campus will provide movie listings. A number of lectures, sales, meetings and other activities are slated throughout February. For more information, call Andrea Edwards of the BSU at 312-4086.
The opening ceremony Feb. 1 featured Howard Gordon, executive assistant to the president of SUNY Oswego, as the speaker. Other events earlier this month included a pair of food tastings and the annual fashion-talent show, "From Culture to Couture."
Tony Henderson, residence director of Cayuga Hall, complements Black History Month events by hosting an educational contest. For the past few years, Henderson has challenged Minetto sixth-grade elementary students and all SUNY Oswego residence halls to research the contributions of 28 famous African-Americans. In the beginning of March, the top three students who successfully research the list will receive gift certificates to the College Store.
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