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Focus on health, church and food during Black History Month at ECU

GREENVILLE, NC   (Feb. 8, 2007)   —   Events marking Black History Month at East Carolina University range from talks on health disparities and HIV/AIDS awareness to “soul food.”

The following events are planned at ECU:

• Apollo Night
Feb. 13, 7 p.m., Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center will host this annual talent show. Performers will try to impress the audience with talents ranging from singing, dancing and poetry reading.

• “We are our brothers’/sisters’ keeper”
Feb. 14, throughout the day

As a continuation of the first ECU National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7, students will have the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS at various locations on campus. The event is sponsored by ECU Student Health Service, the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center and Campus Wellness.

• Lecture: Multicultural Medicine and Health Disparities
Feb. 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brody Medical Sciences Building room 2West-40

Dr. Rubens J. Pamies, vice chancellor of academic affairs at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, will discuss minority health issues and the causes of health disparities. He co-authored “Multicultural Medicine and Health Disparities” with former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher.

• Movie: “CSA: Confederate States of America”
Feb. 19, 7 p.m., Hendrix Theatre, Mendenhall Student Center

This faux documentary shows the possibilities if the South had won the Civil War. The feature film is presented as a production of a British broadcasting company being shown controversially for the first time in the United States. The screening is sponsored by the Ledonia Wright Cultural Center Emissaries and the Student Union Film Committee.

• Lecture: The Black Church and Health in the Community
Feb. 20, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brody Medical Sciences Building room 2East-100

Black churches are becoming more proactive in trying to improve the health of their members. This presentation by Dr. Marci Campbell of the UNC School of Public Health and Marlyn Allicock Hudson of the UNC Lineberger Cancer Center will discuss the role that churches can play in improving the healthy behaviors among members.

• Lecture: Soul Food: You Are What You Eat
Feb. 21, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Brody Medical Sciences Building room 2West-40

For some African Americans, a family tradition of soul food may pose a problem for today's less active lifestyle. By modifying recipes and decreasing portion sizes, people may reduce their weight and the chronic diseases that accompany it; presenter Carol M. Quigless, teacher, personal chef and diet consultant will explain.


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