January 27, 2011
11-23

Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

VSU Celebrates Black History Week: Jan. 31 - Feb. 4

VALDOSTA -- As the nation prepares to honor the achievements of black men and women in history throughout February, Valdosta State University will host events and activities Jan. 31 to Feb 4 that focus on social unity, progress, culture, leadership and positive diversity on campus. VSU’s Black History Week is sponsored by the university’s chapter of the NAACP, Black Student League (BSL) and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC).

"We chose the theme 'Advocating Leadership, Culture and Unity' for the week because there is a great need for creative leadership and appreciation of cultures, and we must always strive for unity among all people," VSU NAACP President DeAndre Jones said. "Throughout the week, we hope to engage and inspire everyone, not just one group of people."

Schedule of Events:

VSU Black History Week Jump-Off Unity Cookout
Monday, Jan. 31 at 3 p.m. on the VSU Front Lawn
All students are invited to enjoy food, music and games.

Organizational Meet and Greet
Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center (main entry area)
This will be an opportunity for students to meet members of the hosting organizations.

Black in America: Leadership and Advocacy Discussion Panel
Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in the Hugh C. Bailey Science Center Auditorium, Room 1011. The panel will include VSU students and faculty members who have shown leadership and outstanding service on campus. The panel will discuss issues about education, diversity on campus, leadership and opportunities. There will be questions taken from the audience via Twitter.

Shades of Beauty Fashion Show
Wednesday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in the University Center Magnolia Room
The show will feature various fashion trends. A guest speaker will also discuss the importance of appearance and self-confidence.

VSU Black History Week Program
Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom
The program will feature keynote speaker, Bishop Gregory Jackson, and include performances by the VSU Mass Choir.

“A Black History Celebration”
Friday, Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. the Campus Activities Board (CAB) will host this event, featuring DJ Nick and a photo booth.

Unity Basketball Tournament
Friday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center
Winning participates will receive prizes.

First Friday’s at R&B’s Café
Friday, Feb. 4 at 9 p.m. at Rhythm & Blues Café, located at 132 N. Patterson St.
VSU students are invited to enjoy great food and live entertainment at discounted prices.

For more information, contact DeAndre Jones at dqjones@valdosta.edu.