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Contact: Christina Chapple
Date: 1/30/04
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Patricia Russell-McCloud's, left, Feb. 12 lecture is one of the highlights of Southeastern's celebration of February as Black History Month.

      HAMMOND -- An inspirational lecture by one of the nation’s top five business motivators and a one-man portrayal of the great black abolitionist Frederick Douglass are among the highlights of Black History Month, which Southeastern Louisiana University will celebrate in February.
      The month’s activities will be outlined at the Black History Month Kick-off, scheduled for 11:30 a.m., Feb. 2 in the War Memorial Student Union mall, said Eric Summers, director of Multicultural and International Affairs. All Black History Month activities are free and open to the public.
      Black History Month’s keynote speaker is Patricia Russell-McCloud, a “visual speaking experience,” whose talk at 7 p.m., Feb. 12 in the Student Union Theatre will be based on her latest book, “A is for Attitude: An Alphabet for Living.”
      Russell-McCloud’s dynamic oratorical style is rooted in research and statistical data. In her book, she uses the alphabet as a touchstone to inspire people to reach their highest potential. Delivering more than 100 presentations annually, she has been the speaker of choice for Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, colleges and universities, and civic and community organizations throughout the United States, the Caribbean, Great Britain, and Africa.
      Throughout February, a special exhibit, “The African-American Mosaic,” created by the Library of Congress, will be on display on the second floor of Sims Memorial Library. The library also plans a display of books on American-American history and other topics in the first floor lobby.
      On Feb. 4 Guy Peartree will present a one-man play, “Stories Are Tellin’: Frederick Douglass, 1859.” The performance, scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre, is set in 1859, when Douglass, a relentless anti-slavery orator, was being sought for arrest by the state of Virginia for his alleged activity in John Brown’s raid on Harpers Ferry. Peartree’s performance encompasses Douglass’ life from his birth into slavery, his relationships and experiences on the slave plantation, his education, escape from slavery, and ascendancy as America’s foremost black abolitionist.
      Delta Sigma Theta sorority will join the Black History Month schedule on Feb. 10 with a fun African-American history “test.” In a format mirroring television’s popular “Family Feud,” the sorority will sponsor “Test Your Black History I.Q.” at 7 p.m. in Student Union room 223.
      On Feb. 11, Louisiana State University professor John C. Rodrigue will present the first of three lectures and book-signings sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science. Rodrigue, author of  “Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana’s Sugar Parishes, 1862-1880," will speak at 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre. A book-signing will follow the lecture.
      At 6:20 p.m., Feb. 16 in Student Union room 223, Zeta Phi Beta sorority will present “Z-Hope: How Crowded is My Bed?,” a program on AIDS and HIV awareness geared toward black women and sponsored by the sorority’s national organization.
      The Division of Student Affairs plans to debut the newest of its on-going “Project Safe Campus” programs, a presentation on the issues related to domestic violence, at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 17 in the Student Union Theatre. University Police Department officer Jason Johnston will address the dynamics and diversity of domestic violence, as well as legal issues, civil warrants, and coordinating community response.
      The History and Political Sciences lectures and book-signings continues on Feb. 17 when Samuel C. Hyde Jr., Southeastern’s Leon Ford Family Chair in Regional Studies, speaks on “Louisiana’s Curious Connection to the Desegregation Movement.” Hyde’s talk is scheduled for 11 a.m. in the Student Union Theatre and will be followed by a book signing.
      On Feb. 18 Cecelia T. Pedesclaux will give a presentation on “The Influence from the Enslaved on African American Textiles and Quilting” at 5:30 p.m. in the Charles E. Cate Teacher Education Center lecture hall. Pedesclaux, a self-taught quilter from Marrero who has done extensive research on the African American influence in quilting, will also discuss the art of quilting and its affect on the Underground Railroad at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Southeastern Lab School Learning Resource Center.
      On Feb. 21 the The Lady Cubs dance team will give their first performance of the year at halftime of the Southeastern-Lamar men’s basketball game, scheduled for 12:30 p.m. in the University Center. The all-female, student-run dance group has been improving and rebuilding after a one-year hiatus and will demonstrate the routines designed by its choreographer,  Marti Perkins.
      Black History Month will wrap up on Feb. 26 with History and Political Sciences’ final lecture, “Black Legislators in Louisiana During Reconstruction” by Southern University professor Charles Vincent. The talk is scheduled for 1 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre and will also be followed by a book signing.
      For more information on Black History Month, contact the Office of Multicultural and International Affairs at 985-549-3850.