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Released January 28, 2004

SOUTHERN MISS SCHEDULES EVENTS TO CELEBRATE
AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH
By David Tisdale

HATTIESBURG - A variety of programs and special events are scheduled at The University of Southern Mississippi to celebrate African-American History Month, beginning Feb. 2.

Working with the theme "Honoring the Past, Embracing the Present and Empowering for the Future: A Patchwork in Progress," a university committee including faculty, staff, students and members of the Hattiesburg community developed the schedule of the month's activities.

Highlights of this year's African-American History Month at Southern Miss include a theatrical presentation of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer; the popular Soul Food Luncheon, a tradition of past African-American History Month celebrations at Southern Miss; and the annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture Series, which honors the first African-American students to attend Southern Miss, Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch.

Adina Narcisse Green, assistant director of student support services at Southern Miss and co-chair of the committee, said committee members wanted the month's events to focus on the historical contributions of African-Americans, but also examine the present and look to the future.

In addition, Green said the committee sought a diversity of input. "We wanted to include as many student organizations and members of the community as we could, and sought out diverse groups in terms of their mission and their makeup, to diversify the calendar (of events)," she said. "We wanted to have people from all backgrounds participate in the process."

Green said African-American history impacts not only African-Americans, but all people because it is an integral part of American history.

"It's important for the campus community to embrace and continue the tradition of celebrating African-American history, not only for African-American students but the campus community as a whole to celebrate another aspect of our American history and culture," she said.

Kerri Jones, a Southern Miss senior from Pass Christian, volunteered along with other members of her sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, to assist the committee in planning the month's events. Jones said she is looking forward to a presentation set for Feb. 5 by Cheryl Broussard, CEO of Broussard and Douglass, Inc. that will focus on developing a "money attitude," including tips on financial independence and prosperity.

Broussard is the best-selling author of Sister CEO: The Black Woman's Guide to Starting Your Own Business and What's Money Got To Do With It?

"As many of us are set to embark on our careers after college, it's important for us to know the best way to deal with financial matters," Jones said. "As a successful African- American woman, she's (Broussard) a phenomenal role model, for students of any color."

The complete schedule of events includes:

Feb. 2
Black History Month Ribbon Distribution
The Hub and Union Lobby 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sponsored by the African-American History Month Committee (AAHMC)

Feb. 3
Soul Food Luncheon for faculty, staff and students
Commons A, B, C 12:15 p.m.
Sponsored by AAHMC

Program: Lord, Why Did You Make Me Black?
Union Hall of Honors - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 3-5
Freedom Summer - A theatrical production underscoring how American hearts were changed by what happened in Mississippi during the summer of 1964.
Hattiesburg High School Mainstage- 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10 adults; $5 students

Feb. 4
Program: History of a Kappa Man- A discussion of the struggles endured by prior generations of Kappa men and African-Americans in general.
Union Hall of Honors - 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

Program: Only The Ball Was White -The Negro Baseball Leagues
Presented by Gary Kimble, Dept. of Residence Life
RHA Center - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Dept. of Residence Life and RHA

Feb. 5
"Seven Steps to Financial Independence in 2004" - Motivational tips on how to start the new year with a new "money attitude." Speaker: Cheryl Broussard , CEO of Broussard & Douglass, Inc. and best selling author of Sister CEO: The Black Woman's Guide to Starting Your Own Business and What's Money Got To Do With It?
Joseph Greene Hall, Room 116 - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by AAHMC and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 7
University-wide Community Service Plunge
Sponsored by Office of Community Service Learning and AAHMC

Black History Bowl- Competition for Hattiesburg youth (grades 1-12)
Union Rooms B and C - 2 p.m.
Sponsored by AAHMC and Alumni Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 9-10
Black Panther Party photo exhibit
Union Lobby - 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.
Sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Southern Miss Department of History, Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, AAHMC, NPHC, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 9
Program: The Weakest Link: Black History Style
Seymour's Grill - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by SPEED

Feb. 10
Black Panther Party Lecture Series: History of the Black Panther Party.
Speakers: Elbert "Big Man" Howard and William "Billy X" Jennings, both leading figures in the Black Panther Party. Stout Hall A - 7 p.m. Sponsored by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., Dept. of History, Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage, AAHMC, NPHC, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 11
Program: A Salute to Our Women
Union Hall of Honors - 7:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Feb. 12
March on Kennard-Washington
Sponsored by Southern Miss Chapter of NAACP - 12:15 p.m.

Program: Essence of a Woman II
Union Rooms A and B - 6:30 p.m.
Sponsored by Men of Excellence

Feb. 16
"Fannie Lou Hamer: This Little Light..."- A one-woman theatrical presentation of the life of the civil rights activist. Presented by Billy Jean Young
Marsh Auditorium - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by AAHMC

Program: The Ministry of Music
Stout Hall B - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc.

Feb. 17
"The Race Line in American Life"
Forum Speaker: Randall Kennedy - Harvard Law professor and author of 2002 publication Nigger: The Strange Career of a Troublesome Word and most recently, Interracial Intimacies.
Bennett Auditorium - 7 p.m.
Annual Armstrong-Branch Lecture sponsored by the Honors College and AAHMC honoring Elaine Armstrong and Raylawni Branch, the first two African-American students to attend Southern Miss.

Feb. 18
Movie: Higher Learning and discussion
Seymour Cinema 7 p.m.
Admission is $1 for students with USM ID
Sponsored by UAC and AAHMC

Feb. 21
Southern Miss vs. Charlotte - 4 p.m. Reed Green Coliseum
AASO Choir to sing national anthem and AASO Apollo winners, X-CEL, to perform at half-time.

Feb. 25 -26
African-American Heritage Festival
Shoemaker Square - 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Sponsored by the AASO and AAHMC

Feb. 25
Program: African-American Culture: Past, Present, and Future
Presentations of African-American culture, art, music, dance, and food
Union Rooms B and C - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by the AASO and AAHMC

Feb. 26
Program: The Patchwork Quilt: Mending Black Culture Through Time
Speaker: Judge Deborah Gambrell Chambers
Bennett Auditorium - 7 p.m.
Sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and AAHMC

Each Tuesday and Thursday of February the Eyes On The Prize: America's Civil Rights Years video series will be showing in the Union Lobby from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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