Terraya Lewis, class of 2007 from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and Tia Carter, class of 2008 from Columbus, Ohio, members of the Black History Month planning committee, have invited students from area colleges and universities to participate in several of the events that have been planned.
At 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb 11, CBS will host a version of The Dating Game in Ness Family Auditorium, Hollenbeck Hall. The format will be the same as the television show with three contenders separated from the host and contestant by a wall, but the audience will see both. The final four contestants will enjoy a double dinner date courtesy of CBS.
On Monday through Wednesday, Feb. 13-15, “The Body Image Project: Beauty as a Relative Concept,” an exhibit and lecture by artist Larry Kirkwood, will be featured in both public and private venues on campus. The visit will culminate in a public lecture, which will take place following a Concerned Black Students meeting. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m., and Kirkwood will speak at 7:45 p.m. Co-sponsored by CBS and the Womyn’s Center, the public is invited to attend both the meeting and the lecture.
CBS will also sponsor its Alumni Weekend Friday-Sunday, Feb. 17-19, with this year’s Black Knowledge Conference, “Balancing Your Life to Achieve Your Goals,” scheduled from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center.
Among the alumni scheduled to speak are Deborah Braxton, class of 1974 from Columbus, Ohio, who will speak on “Using the Tools You Need to Continue Making College Work for You;” Michael Carter, class of 1982 from Trotwood, Ohio, who will speak on “Health, Balance and Stability;” and Shakeera Abdullah, class of 1999 from Westerville, Ohio, who will speak on “Building Better Relationships with Our Community.”
Representatives from CBS will also travel to Otterbein College on Saturday, Feb. 25, to compete with students from other schools in this year’s Black Quiz Bowl. Students who plan to compete will receive a study guide from the contest organizers to help prepare them for the competition in Black History trivia.
The final event on the Black History Month calendar is the play One Race, One People, One Peace, which will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Bayley Auditorium, Barbara Deer Kuss Science Center. According to promotional material, “The hour-long choreopoem looks at the effects of racism, violence and acts of hatred upon our society and exposes the attitudes that poison the minds of so many.” The play also “offers empowerment for dealing with these realities in a thoughtful, moving performance full of humor, drama and truth .”
In addition, the Black History Month planning committee, Multicultural Student Programs and the Martin Luther King Jr. planning committee have been engaged in a project titled Witt Reads. The groups began collecting books for area elementary schools in December 2005, and throughout the month of February, volunteers from Multicultural Student Programs will be taking students, faculty and staff members to the schools to deliver the books and read them to the children. The books will then be donated to the schools.
Throughout the month, the campus will also be awash in the Colors of Unity, which include the red, black and green of the Black Liberation Flag. According to Director of Multicultural Student Programs and the Womyn’s Center Forest Wortham, the flag relates to Pan-Africanism and/or Black Nationalism.“Red is for the Blood. Black is the Black People. Green is for the Land,” Wortham said.
- Phyllis Eberts
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