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Black Heritage Week kicks off Black history month

Jan. 31, 1997

By Grace Jeon

Lariat Reporter

Black Heritage Week begins Saturday with the theme 'Destroying the Shackles of Ignorance.'

'To expose everyone to another culture, all of our events are open to the public and especially the Baylor students,' said Sherry Hopkins, co-chairman for Black Heritage Week. 'We are hoping to broaden and educate whoever goes.'

Black Heritage Week, started in 1983 by the Cultural Affairs Committee, was advised by Reuben Santos. The committee worked with several advisers to increase cultural awareness at the University.

The week is now planned by a specific group instead of a committee. The group running this year's event is the Association for Black Students.

Since August 1994, Pearl Beverly, coordinator of multicultural activities, has worked as adviser for cultural awareness affairs.

The events are meant to be 'cross-cultural and help people understand the people and the culture,' Hopkins said.

Activities begin on Saturday and will continue throughout the week, including a dinner-theater on Thursday. The last day to purchase tickets for this banquet will be Monday in the Student Activities office.

Special performance of Sometimes I Find It Hard To Sing and Dance, a play using song, drama, pantomime and narration to trace the history of African-Americans, will be provided by Glo Dean Baker and Fred Gardner, members of the Dallas-based Afro-American Players, Inc.

Market Place kicks off the week on Saturday in the Barfield Drawing Room in the Bill Daniel Student Center from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Local and regional vendors showcase make-up, food and craft booths.

A fashion show provided by Marilyn's Gift Gallery will be in the Barfield Drawing Room Saturday afternoon, and Kappa Alpha Psi will present the Step show, a showcase of rythmic dance, which will include 14 sororities and fraternities.

Monday's Chapel-Forum program will focus on black heritage with special music and a speaker.

A lip sync and talent show, 'Showtime Uncensored,' will be in the Barfield Drawing Room on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, a black literature book display will be on exhibition across from the Java Junction in the student center from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Black Heritage Week will close with the Heavenly Voices Gospel Fest at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, in Waco Hall.

The Black Heritage Week is a concentrated celebration of the Black Heritage Month, said Di Warner, secretary for the Association for Black Students.

'It is basically a week that exhibits black culture and a time for learning, sharing and enjoyment,' Warner said.

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