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NAACP campus membership drive part of Black History Month events

By Margaret Damghami
Staff Writer

It began as a week, in 1926.  Fifty years later, that week was expanded to the entire month of February, the month people now know as Black History Month.  

This Black History Month will prove to be a special one, for UNCP and the entire country.

The members of the NAACP at UNCP celebrate their two-year anniversary on Feb. 24 and have an entire week of events planned.

"We want a lot of people to know we are on campus and that they can be a part of it.  The NAACP is open to all," president Latoya Purdie said.

On Feb. 27, there will be a membership drive from 4 p.m. -7:30 p.m. in the UC.

Coretta Scott King

In another turn of events, Jan. 31 saw the passing of Coretta Scott King, widow of Martin Luther King and civil rights activist in her own right. She died in her sleep at the age of 78, according to The New York Times.

The Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs, OMMA, and the NAACP worked quickly to plan a tribute to her life during Black History Month.

The purpose of the activities this month is to help educate UNCP students about African-American culture and contributions, according to OMMA.

"What I want folks to know is celebrating African-American culture is, in my opinion, history that needs to be celebrated 365 days a year, as well as every other culture," Robert Canida, OMMA director, said.

Gene Cheek

Some highlights of the activities planned include a talk by Gene Cheek, author of "The Color of Love: A Mother's Choice in the Jim Crow South."

In accordance with a court order, Cheek was taken from his mother because she left his abusive father and became close friends with an African-American man. 

One reason Cheek was chosen as a guest speaker at UNCP is because of the valuable insights he may be able to give students who are involved in interracial relationships.

More information on the Gene Cheek and his book can be found at http://www.curledup.com/colorluv.htm
           
Ola Lewis

Another discussion entitled "Top Ten Rules for Success" will be given by Judge Ola Lewis. At the time of her appointment in 2000, Lewis was the youngest Superior Court Judge in North Carolina and the only female Superior Court judge east of Greensboro.

The play, "The First Semester,” follows five African-American students as they deal with the choices of life at a majority state university, will be presented by the Public Awareness Theatre, Inc. from Detroit, Mich.

A "Cultural Information Dialogue" will provide a chance for students to share their thoughts and speak on issues that are affecting them.

OMMA, together with the NAACP, African-American Student Organization, Student Activities, LSOP, Counseling and Testing, Campus Activities Board, National Pan-Hellenic Council and the Friends of the Library worked together to plan Black History Month activities. 

For more information on any of the events sponsored by the NAACP, students may contact Purdie at latoyaspurdie@yahoo.com or go to the Office of Multicultural and Minority Affairs in Old Main.

Black History Month Schedule of Events:

Feb. 7
Talk with Gene Cheek
3:30 p.m.- 5 p.m. UC Lounge
Evening Program, 7 p.m., Sampson-Livermore Library

Feb. 9.
Tribute to Coretta Scott King
7 p.m., Contact OMMA or NAACP for more information

Feb. 13
"The First Semester" presented by Public Awareness Theatre, Inc.
7 p.m., Moore Hall Auditorium

Feb. 20
NAACP's Quiz Bowl on African American History
All interested groups and organizations should contact NAACP by Feb. 15
7 p.m., UC Lounge

Feb. 21
NAACP's Guest Speaker
7 p.m. UC Rm. 213

Feb. 22
NAACP's Guest Speaker Judge Ola Lewis
7 p.m. UC Rm. 251

Feb. 23
NAACP's two-year anniversary celebration
dinner 

Feb. 24
NAACP's "Movie Night" off campus

Feb. 27
NAACP's Membership Drive
4 p.m.- 7:30 p.m., UC Lounge

Feb. 28
"Celebrating Black History Month: Cultural Information Dialogue"
3:30 p.m.-5 p.m., Multicultural Center, Old Main, Rm. 129


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