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February 9, 2000
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IU Northwest Black History Month
Taste of Africa Banquet on the Agenda at IU Northwest

Music, song, dance, poetry and delicious African American delights willall be a part of Indiana University Northwest’sTaste OfAfrica Banquet on February 26 at 7 p.m. in the LibraryConference Center on campus.

Sponsored by the IU Northwest BlackHistory Celebration Month committee, the event will feature the GhanattaInternational Band, a renowned group of musicians from Ghana who arebased in Chicago. The band is known for performing music throughout theUnited States and Canada that includes renditions from Ghana’s premierdance, The Highlife, as well as a variety of international soundssuch as the Calypso and Cha-Cha.

“The band is a true representation of what diversity is all about,”says George Assibey-Mensah,IU Northwest SPEA professor andchairman of the Black History Month committee.

Also on the agenda is Out of the Mouth of Babes, a group of suburbanChicago and Northwest Indiana honor roll youth/adult talent performingethnocentric dancing, singing, and original oratory and poetry readings.The group includes the dance of African Rain and the poetry of JamaihaMcCullough. Several African dishes of Joloff rice and fried red/soft plantain,as well as an American dish of fried chicken is planned for the banquetmenu.

Tickets for the event are $5. More information on the Taste of Africaevent is available by contactining the IU Northwest department of minoritystudies at 219-980-6629 or on the web.

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