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Monday, February 13, 2012

VSU African American Studies Presents The Langston Hughes Project

February 3, 2012


Malynda Dorsey
Communications Specialist

African American Studies Presents The Langston Hughes Project

VALDOSTA -- In the spirit of Black History Month, the African American Studies Program presents The Langston Hughes Project, to be held Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Union Theater.

The Langston Hughes Project is a multimedia concert performance of Hughes’ kaleidoscope jazz poem suite. The project includes on-screen visual imagery from the Harlem Renaissance, spoken word and scores from Dixieland, blues, boogie woogie, bee bop, cha cha, German Lieder and Jewish liturgy.

The presentation will be performed by Dr. Ron McCurdy and The Ron McCurdy Quartet. McCurdy is a professor of music and jazz studies and artistic director at Thornton School of Music University of Southern California.

The performance pays tribute to the late Langston Hughes, a poet, social activist, novelist and playwright who is recognized as a pioneer of jazz poetry. He is well known for his work during the Harlem Renaissance, a literary, cultural and artistic movement dominated by African Americans during the 1920s and 1930s.

The Langston Hughes Project is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Office of Social Equity, Department of English, Department of Music and Division of Student Affairs.

For more information about the event, contact Dr. Shirley Hardin, director of African American Studies, at (229) 249-4843.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Happy Birthday NAACP!

Today we celebrate the 103rd birthday of the NAACP! The NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization and for over a 100 years, it is the NAACP that has the largest youth membership of young African Americans under the age of 25, it is the NAACP that has registered over 10 million African Americans to vote in the past decade, it is the NAACP who has put 100% of all efforts to eliminate the "War on Drugs" that has resulted in almost 1 million African Americans in prison today, and it will be the NAACP that will continue to organize and mobilize in courtrooms, neighborhoods, and campuses all around this country as we continue to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination everywhere.

So today we celebrate. We celebrate a legacy and a future. We are the NAACP! Fired up and ready to go!

Thank You,

DeAndre Jones