Baylor Celebrates Black Heritage Week 2002 Feb. 2-9

Feb. 5, 2002

by Cheycara Latimer, student newswriter

The Association of Black Students (ABS) will celebrate its annual Black Heritage Week Feb. 2- 9 at Baylor University. This year's theme is "Today's Leaders, Tomorrow's Legends."

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 6, a version of the game "The Weakest Link" will be held in room 116 of the Draper Academic Building. Similar to the actual game show, the grand prize winner will receive $100. The general topic for this version will be Black History.

A joint Bible study with the Women of Worth (WOW) and Shabach Men's Bible Study will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

The 15th annual Black Heritage banquet will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, on the 5th floor of the Cashion Academic Center in Hankamer School of Business. The featured guest will be Lesra Martin, who is a lawyer in British Columbia and an active literacy advocate. He will be speaking on "The Power of One" and how he helped to free Rubin "The Hurricane" Carter.

At 15 years old, Martin left his home in New York to live with a family in Toronto, Canada. Though he was at the top of his class, he was functionally illiterate. Wanting to learn to read, he purchased The 16th Round: From #1 Contender to Prisoner #45472. Martin graduated from high school as an Ontario scholar, received a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Toronto and earned a law degree from Dalhousie University.

A youth extravaganza, a field day for Waco youth, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, in Russell Gymnasium.

Gospel Fest sponsored by Heavenly Voices, Baylor's gospel choir, will be held at 8 p.m. in Waco Hall. The Gospel Fest will feature choirs from other univerisities from around the area.

For more information about Black Heritage Week, contact Brea Ratliff at 710-2440.

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