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CHARLESTON, SC (Jan. 12)--The Citadel will officially kick off its observance of Black History Month Friday, Feb. 2, when Citadel President Lt. Gen. Claudius E. Watts III and Cadet Hamartrya Tharpe, President of the African-American Society, deliver opening addresses to the Corps of Cadets at noon in the Dining Hall.

     This year's Black History Month program, entitled "African-Americans in America: Matters of Law and Equity," will feature lectures, exhibits, con- certs, discussion groups, a black history quiz bowl, and an African- American bazaar.

     Highlights of the celebration include the following scheduled events:

     Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, a nationally recognized writer and preacher, will be the keynote speaker at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. Recently selected as Director of the Institute of African- American Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Dr. Dyson is a unique figure in American educational and public life. His latest book, Between God and Gansta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture, was recently featured in Time magazine. He has also written articles in publications as diverse as Rolling Stone, Theology Today, and The New York Times Book Review. Admission to the address is free.

     An African-American Bazaar will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, in the Mark Clark Hall Reception Room. The bazaar will feature live raggae music from "Equal Rights," free sampling of various soul foods, and artwork and displays from area vendors. Admission is free.

     A panel discussion on law and justice, to include practicing attorneys and officers from the Charleston Police Department, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, in Bond Hall, Room 165. Attorney Craig Burgess, a 1987 graduate of The Citadel, will moderate. Admission is free and the public is invited to participate.

     A Black History Quiz Bowl will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall Auditorium. Students from The Citadel, College of Charleston, Charleston Southern University, and Trident Technical College will compete. Admission is free.

     For additional information on Citadel Black History Month events, please contact the Public Relations Office at (803) 953-5006.


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