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Black History Month has diverse agenda

ATHENS, Ohio (Feb. 1, 2005) -- Ohio University celebrates Black History Month with various programs and events throughout February.

The month starts strong with an appearance by historian and researcher Donna Wyant Howell at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Baker University Center Ballroom. She writes the syndicated column, "In the Words of America's Noble Ancestors," and authored the best-selling 1995 book collection, "I Was A Slave." Wyant Howell is the national director of the American Slaves Foundation. The event is free and open to the public.

Some of the highlights of the university's annual Little Sibs Weekend include the Faces Annual Sibs Weekend Modeling Show from 5 to 7 p.m. at Nelson Commons. Discounted tickets can be purchased in advance by calling Ebony Jones or Kamilah Carter at (740) 566-8013 or Ashley Ferguson at (740) 594-3132. The weekend also features a hip-hop concert featuring Lil Wayne and John Legend at 8 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 5, at Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased by calling (740) 593-1780.

Monday, Feb. 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day. Free HIV/AIDS testing will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. at Lindley Hall. In order to be tested, an appointment must be made by e-mailing freehivtestou@hotmail.com. An evening program will feature AIDS activist Steve Arrington. The event runs 6 to 9 p.m. at the Lindley Cultural Center and will feature a town hug and candlelight vigil. Other multicultural AIDS awareness events are "Let's Talk About Sex" on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. and "Amour Noire: Words and Sounds on Black Love," on Friday, Feb. 11, at 8 p.m. Both events are scheduled at the Lindley Cultural Center.

The Bob Marley Music Festival is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 18, at the Baker Center Ballroom. This first-time event will feature Cincinnati reggae band, Nuhu; dance performances by Bodies in Motion; and poetry readings. Vendors will be on hand selling jewelry, clothing, books, posters and Jamaican food. The event is free and open to the public but donations will be accepted to benefit flood victims in Guyana. For more information, e-mail Winsome Chunnu at wc230502@ohio.edu.

The annual Malcolm X Commemorative will take place at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 21, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. Associate Professor of Educational Studies Najee Muhammad will present, "Who is Malcolm X." 2005 marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights leader. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information or a list of all Black History Month activities, contact the Office of Multicultural Programs at 593-4027.

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