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Events to highlight black culture

By Stacy Morrow
News Reporter

The Black Student Union will sponsor a series of educational and entertaining events next week designed to give insight into black culture.

The events are the BSU's celebration of Knowledge is Power Week.

"The purpose of Knowledge is Power Week is to educate students on campus about the different aspects of black culture," said Tanya Conway, BSU vice president.

BSU aims to provide events where people can learn as well as be entertained, President Kasey Hearns said.

The group will kick off the week with a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the PGH Breezeway.

"Health and African-Americans," the first informational event, will focus on raising consciousness of health issues affecting the black community. Avila Steele of UH Counseling and Psychological Services will present the workshop at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Pacific Room, University Center Underground.

The week will continue with "Food and Culture Night" at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the UC Saltgrass Room. Samples of soul food, a talent showcase featuring the music of Rodney Glover, poetry reading, bracelet making and cultural head-wrapping will highlight the event.

An open forum, "The Plague of Black Students: Apathy," will complete the week's events at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Pacific Room, UC Underground. The forum, co-sponsored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity, will focus on discussing solutions for the lack of campus involvement among black students.

Conway encouraged students to attend the week's events. "Come out to support (us) and learn -- take some knowledge and share some," she said.

Everyone is invited to participate in the events. "Knowledge is Power is not just limited to black people," Hearns said. "We want people to learn about us, and from us."

For more information on any of the BSU events, call Crystal Johnson at (713) 743-6348.

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