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Saint Xavier Celebrates African-American Heritage Month

Festivities kicked off with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and continue through February

CHICAGO (Jan. 31, 2005) –  Following its January events in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., Saint Xavier continues to celebrate African American History through a series of events in February, African American Heritage Month. 

The university will again host the Dr. King Speech Competition at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in McGuire Hall of the Warde Academic Center on the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. This annual competition encourages all Saint Xavier students to express how the “I Have a Dream” speech has impacted their lives.

A star of the small screen will visit the Chicago campus on Thursday, Feb. 10. Saint Xavier will host Tim Reid, the Emmy-nominated actor, director and producer, at 7 p.m. in McGuire Hall. He has starred in the television series “Sister, Sister,” as well as “Venus Flytrap,” “WKRP in Cincinnati” and “The Richard Pryor Show.”

Artspiration II will explore African American contributions to art and music beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 in McGuire Hall. Saint Xavier alumni Angel Burgess and Johnathan Eaglin will take the audience on a journey through jazz, hip-hop, neo-soul and gospel music.

Enjoy some soul food with your soul mate on Valentine’s Day. “Loving You,” a Valentine’s Soul Food Dinner and Poetry Set will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 in the Butler Reception Room, also in the Warde Center. The evening will be filled with song dedications and spoken word poetry.

Then, join Pastor Sheraine Lathon, senior pastor of the Liberty Temple Full Gospel Church in Chicago, for a community worship service at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16 in McGuire Hall. Rejoice later in the month with another service with evangelist Yolanda Hunt, pastor of the True Holiness Pentecostal Apostolic Church in Chicago at 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27 in McDonough Chapel, located just east of the Warde Center on the Chicago Campus.

Saint Xavier’s finest will compete to cut a rug or belt a tune outside the classroom and the office at the SXU Faculty and Staff Talent Showcase at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17 in McGuire Hall.

Sing the praises of the Saint Xavier Men of Might — FaDarryl Brown, Corey Camphor and Maurice Griffin — as they perform a concert of gospel music at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19 in McGuire Hall.

As part of Saint Xavier’s film series, the art history and humanities department of Saint Xavier presents a double feature beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 in McGuire Hall. “Black Girl,” a 1966 film directed by Ousmane Sembene, explores the dynamics of the post-colonial period through the tale of a young Senegalese woman, Diouana, who is transplanted to France to work as a maid for an unnamed white couple. 

“The Voices of Sarafina,” an Amnesty International Film Festival Award winner, is an apartheid-era documentary examining the lives of South African adolescents cast in a musical of the same title, juxtaposing the joyous music of Hugh Masekela and Mbongeni Nbema with violent scenes of brutality. Admission to both films is free and open to the public.

Real-life success stories will be shared in “Minorities Making Moves—The African American Series Panel Discussion,” at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 in the Butler Reception Room. Accomplished and well-known African Americans will share their triumphs and offer encouragement and inspiration to the audience.

The Black Student Union will conclude African American History Month with Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day on Monday, Feb. 28.
For more information, contact Student Activities at 773-298-3122.

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