Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Events planned to celebrate 'From Slavery to Freedom'

KINGSVILLE - February 08, 2007

Contact: Jason Marton
kajam03@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Black History Month activities scheduled around national theme

KINGSVILLE (February 8, 2007) — The Black History Month committee at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has scheduled a variety of activities for February centered around the national theme for the month, From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in the Americas.

The Black History Month luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. Tickets are $5. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Ronald Brown, a current student at A&M-Kingsville.

Brown was recently the first African American to receive his doctoral degree from the university in environmental engineering and he is currently doing postdoctoral work in research and grants. He is currently an engineer with the city of San Antonio water system and pastor of the St. Phillip’s Baptist Church, also in San Antonio. Brown also serves on the board of directors of the Guadalupe Baptist Theological Seminary.

The life of abolitionist, author, statesman and reformer Frederick Douglass is re-enacted on the stage of the Little Theatre with the original production Once Enslaved. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 21-22, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. Admission is $3.
Adapted and directed by student Michael Verderber, an English major from Raymondville, the play uses Douglass’s autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, as its source material.

A Black History Month Musical will be held at 3 p.m. at the King Star Baptist Church, 605 S. Second St.

The community is invited to attend the Movie on the Lawn at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the mall area of the Memorial Student Union Building. The movie will be announced at a later date.

A fashion show celebrating Black History Month will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 3 in the Turner-Bishop Cafeteria. Admission is $2.

The final event for the month is a talent show at 7 p.m. Monday, March 5, in the ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. Those wishing to participate in the talent show must complete an application available in the student activities office on the third floor of the Memorial Student Union Building. Psi Theta Upsilon is sponsoring the show. For more information, email 2002@yahoo.com.

A Black History Month Display will continue throughout the month of February on the first floor of the Jernigan Library.

For more information on Black History Month events, call 361-593-3303.

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