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January 27, 1998
Black History Month contact:
Kasandrah Baynes (410) 516-5030

"Black Diaspora: Bound by Our Roots"
Black History Month '98 at Johns Hopkins University

The Black Student Union at The Johns Hopkins University has organized a month of lectures, discussions and events this February for Black History Month '98. With its theme "Black Diaspora: Bound by Our Roots," Black History Month organizers hope to capture the essence of a universal black experience. The series of events will examine the stories and experiences of Caribbean, Hispanic, Nigerian and American blacks. Some additional topics are the moral dilemma for black doctors and researchers of placebo testing in developing countries, black fine art from around the world, as well as other black art forms which include drama, poems, and prose. Some of the highlighted events include a poetry reading by Black Panther Party founding member Dr. Amiri Baraka, formerly known as LeRoi Jones, a lecture by Dr. Cornell West, professor of Religion and African American Studies at Harvard University and a hair and beauty show by national acclaimed stylist Barry Fletcher. For more information, contact Kasandrah Baynes, Black History Month chair, at 410-516-5030.

Following is an "Black Diaspora: Bound by Our Roots" Black History month schedule of events. Free lunches are provided for the first 20 people to all lunch discussions. Admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted. For more information about any of these programs, call 410- 516-5435.

Schedule of Events

Friday Jan. 30, noon, Glass Pavilion
Opening Ceremony with performances by Hopkins Students performance groups. Refreshments.

Monday, Feb.2 , noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Placebo Testing in Developing Countries," a brown bag lunch with Dr. Taha Taha of Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health.

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 8:30 p.m., AMR TV Room
"Shell Company in Nigeria." A talk, including video footage just smuggled out of from Nigeria of the Shell Company's practices in Nigeria.

Thursday, Feb. 5, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Ethnic Conflict in Rwanda," a brown bag lunch.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Black Hispanics," a talk by Carol Gibbs, Washington, D.C. expert on the social movements of blacks in Mexico.

Monday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m., Great Hall, Levering Hall
Sankoffa Dance Clinic. Learn the exciting and rhythmic moves of the Sankoffa Dance Company. Practice with them as they rehearse for their Feb. 21 Hopkins performance.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"African-American Strengths," a brown bag lunch with the author of the book with the same title, Dr. Robert Hill, of the Institute Of Urban Research, Morgan State University.

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Hair and Beauty Show by Barry Fletcher, nationally acclaimed Washington, D.C. stylist featured in the January 1998 issue of Essence. Hair and beauty products available for purchase. Members of audience will be selected for free styling session. $3.

Thursday, Feb.12, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Witness to Slavery," a brown bag lunch with Gregory Kane, author of the book with the same title and a columnist for the Baltimore Sun.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 7:30 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
Art show featuring Baltimore artists and a collection of priceless art work and sculptures. Some work will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served.

Friday, Feb. 13, 8 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
Poetry Night featuring poet, playwright and former Black Panther Amiri Baraka. Followed by an open microphone for readings. Special thanks to Writing Seminars, English Department and Zinada Literary Magazine

Friday, Feb. 13, following poetry readings, Great Hall, Levering Hall
Caribbean Spice Night. Enjoy Caribbean rhythms, sponsored by E-Level, Caribbean Cultural Society and the Black Student Union. $2 per person.

Tuesday, Feb. 17, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Slavery in America," a brown bag lunch with Dr. Elmer Martin, director of Blacks in Wax Museum.

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
Martin Luther King Jr. Convocation, featuring Dr. Cornel West of Harvard University's African American Studies Department. Special thanks to Planing Committee and the departments of anthropology, history, political science and sociology.

Thursday, Feb. 19, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Effect of Slavery in the Caribbean," a brown bag lunch with Dr. Frank Knight, JHU Department of History.

Saturday, Feb. 21, 8 p.m., Shriver Auditorium
A performance by the Sankoffa Dance Company. Free for JHU students with ID. Tickets must be picked up by 5 p.m., Feb. 20 in the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Merryman Hall.

Monday, Feb. 23, 8 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Asian-African Relations," a discussion with Evelyn Hu-Dehart, professor and dean of Multi-Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University. Co-sponsored by Korean Student Association, Chinese Student Association and the Black Student Union.

Tuesday, Feb. 24, noon, Garrett Room, MSE Library
"Affirmative Action," a brown bag lunch with Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, professor and dean of Multi-Ethnic Studies at Colorado State University.

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 4 p.m., Garrett Room, MSE Library
Get on the Bus. Spike Lee's movie about the Million Man March followed by discussion and refreshments.

Friday, Feb. 27, 8 p.m., Arellano Theater, Levering Hall
"Wild and Wacky Apollo Night." Chance to win up to $100 for first place. Free. Followed by "The After Party of our Lives," $2 per person, free with ticket to Feb. 28 closing ceremony dinner.

Saturday, Feb. 28, 6 p.m., Glass Pavilion
Closing Ceremony. The annual African Heritage Dinner (and Theater). Featuring soul food: all you can eat West and East, Caribbean and American Food. A live performance by Hopkins theater students from the play, The Owl Killer. Tickets, $10.

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