April 16, 2010

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Black Student Union at Bucknell University will host a Black Arts Festival April 22 to 25, with many events free and open to the public.

"The Black Arts Festival at Bucknell began in the early 1960s as an initiative to broaden the scope of the University's understanding and representation of Black arts and culture," said Bucknell senior Marissa Calhoun, president of the Black Student Union.

"We welcome the local community to join us in this special celebration, being held in honor of our inaugural year," she said.

The schedule of events includes:

·      April 22. Black Arts Festival Student Art Exhibition. "Walking Through the Renaissance," 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Center Room, Elaine Langone Center.

·      April 23. Black Arts Festival Dance Workshop, 3 to 4 p.m., Exercise Studio, Gerhard Fieldhouse.

·      April 23. Black Arts Festival Poetry Reading. "The Hues of Hughes," 3:30 p.m., Bucknell Hall.

·      April 23. Black Arts Festival Keynote Speaker. "Dreams of the Drum: Fulfilling the Dream through the Arts," Michael Eric Dyson, University Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University, author of 16 books and named by Ebony as one of the 100 most influential Black Americans, 7:30 p.m., Trout Auditorium, Vaughan Literature Building.

·      April 24. Black Arts Festival Block Party. Basketball tournament, Greek "Step Showcase," and comedian Troy Thirdgill, 5:30 to 10:30 p.m., Gerhard Fieldhouse.

Of special note is the 7th Street House Unveiling Ceremony on Saturday, April 24, at 11 a.m. "Continuing the Legacy" will include the "First" Portraits, Greek Shield Unveiling, and NAACP Charter Picture.

Contact: Division of Communications



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