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      African Culture Festival to Kick Off Black History Month at UNK

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      The third annual African Culture Festival will kick off Black HistoryMonth events on Feb. 4 at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

      "I feel like a lot of people forget about Black History Month,"said Alma Torrez, a junior elementary education major and president of theBlack Student Association. "It's good for people to know when it is celebratedand participate in events that honor people who fought for civil rights."

      The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Nebraskan Student UnionPonderosa Room.

      The African Culture Festival, which is free and open to thepublic, features refreshments and African food such as rice and vegetable stew,fried plantains, ginger juice and puff puff, which are African doughnuts.

      Members of the African Student Association will perform a moderndance, a traditional dance, a drum solo and two songs. Chipo Mpulamazaka,president of the African Student Association,will give an overview of currentevents in Africa and talk about her experience in the United States.

      The festival is sponsored by the African Student Association,International Education, Recognized Student Organization Funds and Office ofMulticultural Affairs, Division of Student Affairs.

      Other events during Black History Month include a Feb. 20performance by slam poet Brandon Thornton and two movie nights featuring"Django" on Feb. 12 and "The Rosa Parks Story" on Feb. 13.

      Political Science Professor Claude Louishomme presents "TheImportance of Black History Month" from 6 to 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 in Copeland Hallroom 142. Black History Month closes with an Old School Night Dance on Feb. 27in the Nebraskan Student Union.

      "We really want to emphasize that everybody is welcome to come tothese events," said Torrez of Scottsbluff.

      Black History Month events are sponsored by the Black StudentAssociation and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Division of StudentAffairs.

      BlackHistory Month Events

      Feb. 3, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. –Trivia Booth on Black History Month, Nebraskan Student Union Atrium

      Feb. 4, 6 to 8 p.m. –African Culture Festival, Nebraskan Student Union Ponderosa Room

      Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. –Trivia Booth on Black History Month, Nebraskan Student Union Atrium

      Feb. 12, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. –Movie Night, "DJango," Ockinga Auditorium

      Feb. 13, 6 to 8 p.m. –Movie Night, "The Rosa Parks Story," Ockinga Auditorium

      Feb. 20, 6 to 7:30 p.m. – Slampoet Brandon Thornton, "A Poetic Black History Celebration," Copeland Hall 142.

      Feb. 24, 6 to 7 p.m. –Claude Louishomme, professor of political science, "The Importance of Black HistoryMonth," Copeland Hall 142

      Feb. 27, 7:30 to 10 p.m. – OldSchool Night Dance, Nebraskan Student Union Cedar Room

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