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Citadel News Service
13 Feb 2015

Celebrating Black History Month 2015 at The Citadel

January 31 – Annual African American Society Bazaar

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

The annual bazaar features music, exhibits and food and attracts visitors to campus from across the Lowcountry. Music will be performed by Urban Roots band and there will be a special exhibit by Tut-Tut Kemetic Group. The Center for Heirs Property Preservation will present an informative seminar to answer questions about heirs’ property. The center’s mission is serving, supporting and empowering property owner-heirs and their communities.

February 7 – Black History Quiz Bowl

9:30 a.m., Copeland Auditorium, Grimsley Hall

The Citadel is again proud to host the Annual Black History Quiz Bowl, presented by the Mu Alpha Chapter of Omega Psi Phi. Local elementary, middle and high school teams will test their Black History knowledge and compete for the annual award and recognition as the Black History Quiz Bowl Champions. Attendance is free and open to the public.

February 19 - “Too Proud to Whitewash: Charleston since the Civil Rights Movement” whitewash

6:45 p.m., Duckett Auditorium

Steve Estes is an author, researcher and professor of history at Sonoma State University in California and a native of Charleston, S.C. His research focuses on five areas of recent American history: labor organizing, education, the American South, race relations, and sexuality. He is the author of I Am a Man!: Race, Manhood and the Civil Rights Movement.

“Professor Estes, who spent much of his childhood in Charleston, is a well-regarded historian of twentieth-century American history and will be very interesting to hear,” said Katherine Grenier, Ph.D., head of the Department of History at The Citadel. “He is currently writing a book on Charleston since the Civil Rights movement which is sure to be an important contribution to our understanding of Charleston’s important role in modern American history.”

The presentation will take place at 6:45 p.m. in Duckett Hall. It is free and open to the public.

February 23 - An evening with U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburnclyburn

6:30 p.m., Room 165, Bond Hall

Friends of the Daniel Library, Multicultural Student Services and International Studies, and The Citadel Black History Month committee present an evening with U.S. Congressman and author James Clyburn. Clyburn's memoir Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black reflects on his life in the segregated south and how he overcame obstacles and broke down barriers to become one of the highest-ranking Democrats in the House of Representatives.

The event is open to the public pending seating availability. For more information please contact Elise Wallace at 843.953.6902

February 24 - A journey through the music of African Americans journey

6 p.m., Buyer Auditorium, Mark Clark Hall

In the final event in a series of five commemorating Black History Month at The Citadel, Johns Island resident and well-known soul and spiritual vocalist Christal Brown-Gibson, will take the audience on a Journey through the Music of African Americans. Music genres will include spirituals, jazz, blues, gospel, and praise and worship. Brown-Gibson will also perform selections from iconic artists, including Billie Holiday, Etta James and others. The performance is free and open to the public.

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