Western Maryland College's Black Student Union will observe African-American Appreciation Day Monday as the official start of the college's celebration of African-American History Month throughout February.
The free event is designed to increase awareness about black history and encourage members of the college community and area residents to meet with members of the BSU. It will take place in the lobby outside the Decker College Center Pub from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Renee M. Bartley, '95, BSU president and a political science major at Western Maryland, said members of the group will hand out green, black and red ribbons to interested persons as a show of recognition and celebration of black history. Ms. Bartley said the colors of the ribbons represent black unity in Africa.
Members will also have information about the BSU and the various events taking place at the college as part of the monthlong celebration.
The second event is the annual Gospel Jubilee performed in Baker Memorial Chapel on Feb. 6. Participating choirs include those from the Gospel Tabernacle, Mount Pleasant, Southern Baptist and Union Street Methodist churches. The jubilee will begin at 6 p.m. and is free.
A just-announced highlight of African-American History Month is an evening of live jazz and a discussion of its history and impact on American culture, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Alumni Hall. The free event will feature two Western Maryland educators -- Music Instructor Glenn Caldwell and music lecturer Steven "Bo" Eckard -- talking about jazz.
Their lecture will be complemented by music provided by the Jazmine trio, led by Eric B. Byrd '93, a music major. The trio specializes in jazz standards and originals.
Information: 751-8225 or 857-2265.