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Black History Events
Released: February 8, 2005

Release #05002
Willena Price
(860) 486-4901 (office)

STORRS, Conn. — In celebration of Black History Month, UConn’s African American Cultural Center (AACC) will sponsor events recognizing African American achievements through lectures, workshops, and artistic performances.

Willena Price, Director of the AACC, says that the AACC is excited about this year’s events celebrating Black History Month, as they serve to promote UConn’s continual effort to increase awareness.

“As a nationally observed event, we show students what Black History Month really means. While this month’s events commemorate the achievements and lives of African Americans, our goal to enhance students’ information is an on-going effort for the African American Cultural Center.”

Highlights of this year’s events include:

  • On Thursday Feb 10 at 5 p.m., the AACC lounge hosts Daryl Davis, an author, musician and lecturer who will speak about his infiltration of the KKK. In past lectures he spoke of the 10 years he spent arranging meetings with Ku Klux Klan leaders, who were unaware that he is an African American, and attending KKK rallies. Davis discusses how to overcome fears, recognize similarities, appreciate differences and make a positive impact.
  • On Friday Feb 11 at 6 p.m. Jorgensen Auditorium will host the annual Husky Midnight Marathon. This 12 hour-long dance party is highlighted by various performances by UConn groups such as the Conn-Men, The Chordials, the Tap Team and the Celtic Club.
  • Attractions include a 100-person twister game, a pie eating contest, a Velcro wall, a moon bounce, caricature drawings and face painting. A silent raffle will be held with prizes ranging from a trip for two to Foxwoods to a X-Box. The proceeds will benefit the Connecticut Children's Medical Center and the UConn Health Center. Tickets for the event may be purchased at the Jorgensen Box Office, open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at $3 dollars for students and children and $10 for adults.
  • On Tuesday Feb 22 at 7 p.m. a video highlighting the life of Vivien Thomas, will be shown in the AACC lounge. Thomas, an African American working in pre-integration America, became a laboratory assistant whose contributions led to the cure for blue-baby syndrome.

More information about events that will highlight this year’s celebration of Black History Month at UConn can be found at the AACC website, www.aacc.uconn.edu.

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