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Office of News and Information
Johns Hopkins University
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218-2692
Phone: (410) 516-7160 | Fax (410) 516-5251

January 19, 2000
CONTACT: Leslie Rice

Black History Month 2000 at Hopkins
Sister Souljah, Myrlie Evers-Williams, Sankofa Dance Company
visit the Homewood campus

The Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus celebrates black history in February with a series of speakers, music, dance and more. This year's program, organized by members of Hopkins' Black Student Union, is titled "Retrospection and Progression: The African-American in the 21st Century" and features appearances by rap singer and author Sister Souljah, civil rights leader Myerlie Evers-Williams and the Sankofa Dance Company. Black History Month 2000 co-chairs are undergraduates Shermian Daniel and Marsha Peart.

Following is a list of events open to the public. For more information about these events, call the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at 410-516-5435.

Saturday, Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., Arellano Theater
Theater revue

Reprise, We're Gonna Have a Good Time 5. The JHU Dunbar Baldwin Hughes Theater Company performs their annual sell-out show. Witness a minstrel show in reverse as students give a lesson in history, this time with a little twist. Students will also perform music from The Lion King and Smoky Joe Café. $4.

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Shriver Hall

Rapper, writer and activist Sister Souljah, a.k.a. Lisa Williamson, will talk about Generation X and the modern young black person's role in society. Sister Souljah, a graduate of Rutgers University, came to national notoriety in 1992 when she was scolded publicly by presidential candidate Bill Clinton for her alleged racist remarks in a Washington Post interview promoting her album, 360 Degrees of Power. In early 1995, she released the book No Disrespect, which looks at relationships between black men and women. Since then, she has toured the nation, speaking out in issues like teenage pregnancy, fatherless households, crime and poverty in African-American communities. Co-sponsored by the Homewood Student Affairs Programming Committee. Free.

Saturday, Feb.12, 8 p.m., Arellano Theater
Poetry night, open mike night

"Voices Unheard," an open mike and freestyle contest. Experience live soft jazz and poetry; participants are invited to showcase their talents. Featured guest artist Thema Bryant from "Roaring Productions" will share her moving poetry, essays, and "life reflections." Coffee and refreshments will be served. Admission is free.

Sunday, Feb. 13, 10 a.m.
Hopkins Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, 3509 N. Charles St.
Worship service

All are welcome to an interfaith worship service. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 19, 8 p.m., Shriver Hall

Sankofa Dance Company. An annual favorite. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs presents this high-energy, inspirational dance troupe, which will guide the audience through centuries of African dance and tradition. Vibrant costumes, pulsating rhythms, and amazing dance moves make the performance unforgettable. $15 general public, $10 for groups of 10 or more, free for Hopkins students who pick tickets up by Feb 16 at the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs.

Tuesday, Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Hopkins Bunting-Meyerhoff Interfaith Center, 3509 N. Charles St.

Myrlie Evers-Williams. Legendary civil rights leader and chairman emeritus of the board of directors of the NAACP, Myrlie Evers-Williams was recently named by Vanity Fair magazine as one of America's most influential women. A long-time political and social activist, she is the widow of the slain civil rights leader Medgar Evers. She is author of two books: For Us, The Living and Watch Me Fly: What I Learned on the Way to Becoming the Woman I Was Meant to be. Co-sponsored by Hopkins' Multicultural Student Affairs and the Black Faculty and Staff Association. Free.

Saturday, Feb. 26, 8 p.m., Glass Pavilion

"Harlem Renaissance," African heritage dinner. The Glass Pavilion will be transformed into the Cotton Club of the 1920s. The evening will feature a live jazz band, singers, dancers and writers and cuisine catered by area Carribean, African-American and American restaurants. Celebrate a period in African-American history known for its truth, music, art, and energetic spirit. Formal dress preferred, period clothes optional. $10.

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