Coastal Carolina University's Office of Multicultural Student Services is planning the following events for the spring semester. All are open to the public and free unless otherwise noted.
• Thursday, Jan. 30 – Lunar New Year an Asian Awareness Celebration
Lunar New Year and Asian Awareness Celebration will be held at 7 p.m. in Edwards Recital Hall featuring music, food and dances from various Asian cultures. Members of the Atlanta Chinese Dance Company will perform.
• Tuesday, Feb. 18 – History of Salsa: Its African Roots
Leading salsa expert Jose Obando will explain “The 350+ Year Evolution of Salsa” at 7 p.m. in Johnson Auditorium. He traces the development of salsa beginning with the manufacture and use of percussion instruments by Africans. Salsa is an American musical genre that incorporates the Afro-percussion style and the variations of Afro-Puerto Rican and Afro-Dominican folklore percussion.
• Thursday, Feb. 20 – Essence of the Struggle
Coastal Carolina's student chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will discuss the history of civil rights at 6 p.m. in James J. Johnson Auditorium. The students will portray individuals, some famous and some unknown, who have had an impact in American history.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25 – African-American Music Through the Years
CCU students will gather to celebrate the history and music of African Americans in the form of a musical timeline experience. The celebration will start at 6 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium.
• Sunday, March 2 – Gospel Sing Out
The Coastal Inspirational Ambassadors (gospel choir) will perform at 4:30 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium under the direction of David Manigo. Choirs from around the state will also join the celebration.
• Saturday, March 22 – Tempo 54 Drumline
The drumlines from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) will be showcasing their intricate techniques and styles of drumming in the HTC Center at 5:30 p.m. From Feb. 3 to 7, the tickets will be $3 for all. Starting Feb. 10 tickets will be $5 per student; $7 for adults. For ticket purchasing information visit, http://www.coastal.edu/news/culturalarts/tickets.html
• Thursday, March 27 – 60th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education
Coastal Carolina University will host John Marshall, son of the late Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall, at 6 p.m. in Wheelwright Auditorium. Sixty years ago, the landmark decision by the United States Supreme Court declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional. Thurgood Marshall led the legal team that argued the Supreme Court to a unanimous decision in favor of integration of public schools. Marshall will speak about his father's role in our nation's civil rights movement and his place in American history.
• Friday, April 4 – Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk
Aunt Pearlie Sue and the Gullah Kinfolk will present their famous production “Wax Museum” in Wheelwright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wax statues will come to life through song, story and performance to portray Gullah culture throughout history.
The Recital Hall is in the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts, located at 133 Chanticleer Drive W. in Conway.
The James J. Johnson Auditorium is located in the E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration at 119 Chanticleer Drive E. in Conway.
Wheelwright Auditorium is located at 108 Spadoni Park Circle in Conway.
The HTC Center is located at 104 Founders Drive in Conway.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 843-349-2863.