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CCU celebrates African-American culture

February 6, 2008

African-American cultural programs are being offered at Coastal Carolina University as part of the annual African-American Celebration of art, history, music and theater. All events are free and open to the public.

Events continue through April 3 on the university campus and are sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. For more information call 349-2863.

The following events are scheduled:

Gospel Sing Out

Sunday, Feb.17, 4:30 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium

The Coastal Carolina University Gospel Choir and the Francis Marion University Gospel Choir will perform, along with guest choirs from the area including the Charleston Southern-One Accord Gospel Choir and New Generation for Christ from Camden.

Stories and Songs in Gullah

Thursday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., Wall Auditorium

Anita Singleton-Prather of Beaufort portrays Auntie Pearlie Sue, bringing Gullah characters to lifeas she weaves her tales of the Sea Islands of South Carolina.

Adande African Dance and Drum Company

Tuesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Wall Auditorium

The Adande African Dance and Drum Company is a professional group of African-American drummers and dancers. Their authentic dances and drums blend history and entertainment in a high energy performance. The group has performed at many festivals throughout the U.S.

Southeastern African-American Student Leadership Conference (SEAASLC)

Friday, March 28 to 30

Coastal will host the 15th Annual Southeastern African-American Student Leadership Conference. The conference will focus on leadership development and give students the opportunity to learn more about how they can fulfill their leadership potential.The theme of the conference is "CAUTION! We're Building Leaders...Let'em Work, Let'em Lead."

African-American Poetry

Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m., Wall Auditorium

Enjoy African-American poetry written and read by Coastal students, faculty and staff. This event has been very popular in the past and will showcase students and special guest poet "Paul D," whose imagery, word play, concepts and storytelling abilities make him a popular performer. In 2005, he won the Southern Fried Poetry Slams, competing with more than100 poets in the world's biggest regional slam competition.