Edgar Dyer, vice president of university relations at Coastal Carolina University, will be the featured speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Observance on Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. in the Wall Auditorium.
The King program kicks off the 2004 African-American Celebration, a campuswide celebration of unity and diversity. This event is co-sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
The series of events, continuing through early April, promotes the art, history, music and theater of the African-American culture, and is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Services. A gospel concert, poetry, jazz, food and speakers are a few of the highlights. All events are free and open to the public.
The following events are scheduled:
- Martin Luther King Jr. Observance, Jan. 15, 7 p.m., Wall Auditorium
Edgar Dyer will speak at this program, commemorating the life of King and his contributions to society. The Coastal Gospel Choir will also perform.
- NAACP's 95th Anniversary, Feb. 5, Wall Auditorium
This important anniversary will be commemorated by a program sponsored by the Coastal student chapter of the NAACP. A time will be announced later.
- Gospel Sing Out, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium
This celebration of joyous music will feature the harmony of the Coastal Carolina University Gospel Choir with special guests D'Vine, a trio of professional female vocalists. To honor the 15th anniversary of the choir, alumni choir members are being sought to participate in the Gospel Sing Out. Call Pat Singleton-Young at 349-2304.
- Motivational speaker John Artis, Feb. 26 at 7p.m., Wall Auditorium
Artis, who was arrested with prizefighter Rubin "Hurricane" Carter in 1966 and convicted of a triple murder he did not commit, was finally exonerated and released after 15 years of imprisonment. He now works with troubled youth and is an inspirational speaker on college campuses around the nation.
- Kusun Ensemble, March 6 at 7 p.m., Wheelwright Auditorium
This group of musicians and dancers from Ghana, West Africa, includes past and present members of the National Ballet and the Pan African Orchestra. Although rooted in traditional African music, the group has developed a new style of music and dance they call "Nokoko" that fuses bass and lead guitar with traditional Ghanaian instruments to produce an electrifying blend of jazz and African music.
- "20/20: An Inspirational Look at 20 African-American Women," March 2, 7 p.m., Wall Auditorium.
Mack T. Hines III, an educator, consultant, author and motivational speaker, will present this look at the lives of 20 outstanding South Carolina African-American women.
- African-American Poetry & Jazz, March 30 at 6:30 p.m., Wall Auditorium
Coastal Carolina University students, faculty, staff and friends will present their own poetry, as well as that of other African-American poets. Renowned flautist Galen, nationally known musician on college and university campuses, will also perform during this evening program in the Wall Auditorium.
- Cultural Celebration, April 7, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This annual, daylong festival that celebrates cultural diversity through music, art, food and more, will be held on Prince Lawn. The rain date is April 14.
For more information, contact the university's Office of Multicultural Student Services at 349-2863.