Date: January 31, 2007
Contact: Lindsay Gladstone
Governors State University
Phone: (708) 534-7090
Fax: (708) 534-8399
For Immediate Release
University Park, Illinois, January 31, 2007 – Governors Sate University in University Park begins a month-long celebration of African American culture and history with a series of cultural, musical, artistic, and educational events designed to entertain and inform. Each event is free and open to the public.
The celebration begins with the African American Read-In on February 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. in Sherman Hall. Guest readers share passages from their favorite African American authors. The hall will be filled with prose and poetry that inspires and entertains.
“The purpose of the Read-In is to enhance and endorse literacy and increase awareness of African American authors,” explains Sheree Sanderson, Director of Communication for the College of Arts and Sciences. “This is the 18th Annual Read-In. Similar events are held on the same day across the nation as volunteers read from their favorite books.”
A “Touch of Jazz with Class” featuring Al Mac will fill Engbretson Hall with the lively sounds of traditional and innovative jazz on February 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. In addition to the music, “Sara’s In Treble Now Bar” will serve non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeurvres.
On February 14 and 15, just in time to do some Valentine’s Day shopping for a sweetheart, Governors State University will host the Black History Month Vendor Fair in the Hall of Governors from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. More than 20 vendors are registered to exhibit and sell their arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry, clothing, and skin care products.
Through poetry, music, and stories, Galen Razzaq will trace the evolution of jazz from its inception to modern times on February 14 from 5 to 9 p.m. in Engbretson Hall. Refreshments will also be served.
“This is a perfect date with your valentine with great music, good food, and lively company,” said Sara Appel, Director of Student Involvement. “And it is all free and open to students, staff, faculty, and community members.”
Black History Month closes with another Governors State University tradition. Teams of students, faculty, and staff will compete in the Black Heritage Challenge on February 21 and 22 in the Hall of Governors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. While a winning team is always declared, every participant enjoys sharing their knowledge and good humor.
“We want everyone, both from GSU and from the community, to enjoy these free events. This is a great opportunity for everyone to have a great time,” added Appel.
For more information about GSU Black History Month activities, call (708) 534-4552 or visit the GSU Student Life Calendar, www.govst.edu/sas/t_sl.aspx, for a current list of university events.