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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

SU Celebrates African-American History Month

SALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University celebrates African-American History Month in February with a series of stage presentations and talks.

Dr. Christopher Whitt, SU alumnus and professor of political science and African studies at Augustana College, keynotes the series with his talk “Race, Wealth and Inequality in American Government and Politics: Rooted in Slavery and the Aftermath of the Civil War.” He speaks at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 24, in the Wicomico Room.

Events begin with the return of the drama Voices: Those Who Wore the Shoe 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 1, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center.

SU Dining Services hosts its annual Soul Food Dinner featuring the Bernard Sweetney Jazz Quartet 4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, February 10, in the Commons. Admission is $10.67, $6.48 for ages 6-12, free for children age 5 and under. “Soul Sounds,” a free, live multimedia concert celebrating Gospel, Blues, Motown and R&B, is 7 p.m. that evening in the Wicomico Room.

Local historians Rudolph Stanley and Newell Quinton inaugurate the speakers’ series with “The Families of San Domingo,” recalling those who lived in that Wicomico County community founded by free African-Americans in the early 1800s. Their talk is 7 p.m. Thursday, February 3, at the Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture in SU’s East Campus Complex, 190 Wayne St.

The series culminates with the Nabb Research Center’s panel discussion “Eastern Shore African-Americans in the Civil War” 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 16. The talk features descendants of soldiers who joined the “U.S. Colored Troops” during the Civil War or the “Buffalo Soldiers” following it.

Other related events include a workshop on African-American Family History 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the Nabb Center Gallery.  Call 410-543-6312 for reservations.

Sponsored by the offices of Multicultural Student Services and Diversity, and the Nabb Research Center, admission to all events is free unless otherwise noted. The public is invited. For more information call 410-548-4503 or visit the SU Web site at

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