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AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH AT UK
FEATURES FIRST CONFERENCE ON
BLACK FAMILIES

By Selena Stevens

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The College of Human Environmental Sciences will host its first conference on African-American families Feb. 28 in the William T. Young Library auditorium. “African-American Families: Research Issues for the 21st Century” will feature plenary sessions on nutrition, child development, clothing preferences and issues of older generations.

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Feb. 7, 2000 – (Lexington, Ky.) – African-American culture and history will be saluted during the month of February at the University of Kentucky with a range of activities from lectures to plays.

At 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, the Paul Laurence Dunbar High School drama department will stage “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” in the Singletary Center Recital Hall. This production, consisting of 14 African-American female students, has won first place honors at two major high school theater tournaments in the past year.

The African-American Studies and Research program's topical lecture series, “The Enduring Image of Race in Black and White,” will conclude with two events in the spring semester. “Selling Jemima: How an Advertising Campaign Put Mammy to Work,” will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 by Maurice Manring in 230 Student Center. “From Exploitation to Appropriation? Viewing Contemporary Black Images from an Historical Perspective” will be presented at 4 p.m. Feb. 28 by University of California at Davis African-American and African studies professor Patricia Turner in the Student Center Theater.

The American Spiritual Ensemble under the direction of UK’s Everett McCorvey will give a concert at 4 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Singletary Center Concert Hall. This concert is presented by the King Cultural Center and the local graduate chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha.

The College of Human Environmental Sciences will host its first conference on African-American families Feb. 28 in the William T. Young Library auditorium. “African-American Families: Research Issues for the 21st Century” will feature plenary sessions on nutrition, child development, clothing preferences and issues of older generations. The conference will feature five speakers, the HES 2000 Distinguished Lecture Series speaker will close out the conference. Andrew Billingsley, sociologist from the University of South Carolina, will speak at 3 p.m. Billingsley’s topic will be “The Future of the African American.” A reception will follow.

The second annual Apollo Talent Night, a student-sponsored, city-wide talent show, will be presented March 4 in Memorial Hall. The event is sponsored by African-American Student Affairs, the Black Student Union and the Summit Newspaper.


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