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Friday, January 13, 2012

SU Celebrates African-American History Month

African American History MonthSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University celebrates African-American History Month in February with a series of performances and discussions.

Dr. Kate Clifford Larson keynotes the series with her talk “Harriet Tubman’s Journeys: New Research and Fresh Interpretations of an American Icon” 7 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, in the Wicomico Room of the Guerrieri University Center. SU’s Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture co-sponsors the event.

The acclaimed American Spiritual Ensemble returns to Salisbury Friday-Saturday, February 3-4, performing at 8 p.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church. Tickets are $20, $15 for seniors. Their concerts are co-sponsored by the SU Department of Music and Charles R. and Martha N. Fulton School of Liberal Arts. For tickets call 410-749-2131.

A community choral workshop hosted by ensemble members with director Everett McCorvey, is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, at the church. Master classes with SU students are 12:30 p.m. Thursday-Friday, February 2-3, in the Great Hall of Holloway Hall.

University Dining Services’ annual African-American History Month soul food dinner, featuring the Bernard Sweetney Jazz Quartet, is 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, February 10. Cost is $10.88, $6.60 for children 5 and under. The Cultural Affairs Office co-sponsors the event.

Dr. Clara Small, professor of history at SU, leads the semester’s inaugural installment of the Delmarva History Series with a discussion on the autobiography of 19th century abolitionist Frederick Douglass at 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 21, at the Nabb Center Gallery. The series is co-sponsored by the President’s Office, Fulton School and Nabb Research Center.

That evening, Bill Grimmette, past president of the National Association of Black Storytellers, steps into Douglass’ shoes to provide a first-hand account of his life from a fugitive slave to a nationally prominent author and lay minister. He has portrayed Douglass at venues including the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Smithsonian Institution. His presentation is 7 p.m. in the Wicomico Room, co-sponsored by the Nabb Research Center.

The series culminates with the talk “Double Consciousness in the New Millennium” with Dr. James King of SU’s English Department 4 p.m. Thursday, February 23, in the Wicomico Room. King investigates the philosophical groundings of NAACP co-founder W.E.B. DuBois’ concept of “double consciousness.”

Sponsored by the Multicultural Student Services Office, 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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