UC Merced Hosting Black History Month Events

MERCED, CA— UC Merced students and the Office of Student Life are sponsoring two events to celebrate Black History Month.

The first is a speech and spoken-word contest in which area high school and college students can compete.

The competition is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in the Lantern, in the Kolligian Library. There will be a reception with free refreshments at 5:30p.m., and the public is welcome to attend and stay to listen as young people speak on the theme, "From the Civil Rights Era to the New Millennium: Values in the American Community."

There are two contest levels - high school students and college students, and all speeches or spoken-word presentations must be between 5 and 7 minutes long. Topics can include race, gender, class, religion, sexual orientation and ability, though contestants are not limited to these options.

Applications for the competition are available online and must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 16. Visit studentlife.ucmerced.eduto sign up for a spot in the contest.

Questions can be addressed to Jason Juarezat 209)228-5323.

The second event is an all-day leadership conference hosted by the African American Student Association, the Office of Student Life and the Admissions Office at UC Merced.

"The Spirit of Togetherness" conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, on campus, and will expose students to dynamic African American leaders from the community.

AASA's mission is to foster and promote the appreciation and awareness of the African American culture and history, while also reaching out to the community to inform young people about the opportunities that come with a college education.

The conference is free and open to high school juniors and seniors, college students, UC Merced faculty and staff and various community leaders. No reservations are required.

For more information, contact Rodney Nickens Jr. or (209) 261-8538.

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