Valparaiso University will host a series of events in February to celebrate the achievements of African-Americans in observance of Black History Month. The events are sponsored by the Black Student Organization and the Office of Multicultural Programs.

Highlighting the celebration will be the 13th annual Black History Month Dinner at 6 p.m. Feb. 19 in the Harre Union Ballroom on the Valpo campus.

The theme of this year’s celebration dinner is “An Evening of Elegance” and will feature a keynote address given by LouJeanne Walton, associate professor emerita of social work, as well as comedy performances, art, and a silent auction.

This formal event is open to the public, as well as university students, faculty and staff. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 for general admission and may be purchased at the Harre Union Welcome Desk, online at http://www.valpo.edu/union/tickets/ or by calling (219) 464-6769.

Dinner guests will laugh, think and be inspired by special guest performer, Preacher Moss.

“Preacher Moss is a comedian and called a social tour-de-force on the tough issues of diversity and race relations,” said Jane Bello-Brunson, director of multicultural programs at Valpo. “His insights, credibility, and balance on the issues of race make ‘The End of Racism’ comedy tour one of the most sought after diversity events on college campuses today.”

A silent auction and video presentation will also be included in the celebration. The Silent Auction will benefit the Office of Multicultural Programs’ Scholarships and the Book Assistance Program. Items for sale will include art work from notable artists, cultural figurines, books, and jewelry.

Other Black History Month activities include:

-“Black Student Organization Gives Back” – a service night to help with St. Teresa of Avila’s Soup Kitchen – Café Manna, Feb. 3, 5 p.m. at the St. Teresa of Avila Student Center.

-“Black Men Speak: Dispelling Myths & Stereotypes” – A panel of students, faculty, and staff will discuss myths and stereotypes portrayed in the media about black men and how it affects them personally, while offering suggestions on how we can work toward changing these views – Feb. 10, 7 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom.

-“Why I Love…Tribute to Black Love” – A discussion and dialogue; bring a poem on love to share with others – Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Neils Science Center 234.

-Comedian Michael Bozeman – Feb. 18, 9:15 p.m., Harre Union Ballroom.

For more information call the Office of Multicultural Programs at (219) 464-6769 or visit www.valpo.edu/multicultural.

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