SPRINGFIELD, Ohio--African American students at Wittenberg University will use the conclusion of their annual Concerned Black Students Weekend, combined with a finale of Black History Month, to present a program entitled "In Honor Of Our Elders: In Appreciation of Life, Effort and Sacrifice".
At a 4 p.m. dinner Saturday, Feb. 27, many of the more than 140 African American students will celebrate their heritage with poetry readings and personal statements to their parents and family members. Close to 100 are expected at the event in Room 105 of the Shouvlin Center.
"I am very proud of our students for organizing an event like this," said Janice Edwards, director of multicultural activity and associate dean of students. "They want to honor their elders and ancestors who fought and bled and died and cried. It's a way of letting their parents know that they haven't taken their sacrifice for granted. It's a nice way to close out Black History Month."
Saturday's program includes a reception from 3 to 4 p.m., followed by the dinner at 4 p.m. and a performance by the Imani Gospel Choir at 5:30 p.m. The tribute will take place from 6 to 7 p.m.
CBS will also conduct its annual minority visitation program this weekend, which includes the hosting of prospective African American students from high schools across the state and region. This year seniors Shakeer Abdullah and Bianca Bell have confirmed and coordinated the schedules for a record 80 prospectives who are expected to be on campus taking a look at the university.
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