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CAAS celebrates Black History Month

The Parthenon

Published: Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Updated: Wednesday, February 6, 2013 00:02

The Center for African American Students will host three events in February to honor Black History Month.

“We recognize significant events in history year-round, but it is good to also have a particular time set aside for them,” Maurice Cooley, director for the CAAS, said.

The first event, a trivia game show about African American history, will be Thursday at 7 p.m.

The game show will take place in the basement of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center and will be set up like a Hollywood game show set, complete with a host. The questions are set up in categories, and the teams will enter their answer from multiple choices.

To play, students can set up a team of three to eight members. It is free for a team to join, and cash prizes are given out to the top three teams. $300 will go to first place, $200 to second place and $100 to third place.

“The set makes you feel like you are on a television show like ‘Hollywood Squares,’” Cooley said. “We all have so much fun and it is a blast and a great way to socialize.” Cooley said.

The second event, the annual Soul Food Feast, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in the John Marshall Room of the Student Center. Anyone in the area is welcome to attend.

“There will be foods like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken and collared greens. There is nowhere in Huntington that you can go and find all of these foods together,” Cooley said. “We want it to have the same feel as when you gather with your family to have dinner and enjoy each other’s company.”

The meal will be $6 for students and youth and $12 for adults.

The third event the CAAS will host for Black History Month is the Diversity Breakfast, which will take place Feb. 15, at 7:30 a.m. in the Don Morris Room. The theme of the event will be “We are the World.”

To make it an integrated event, 44 sectors of Marshall will be represented.

Jazz music will be playing as people arrive, there will be prayer from three different denominations and a Marshall choral group will perform a rendition of the song “We Are the World.”

Joseph Slash, a Marshall alumnus and current chief executive officer of the Urban League in Indianapolis, Ind., will be the guest speaker.

“Many people say this is the most enjoyable event they attend each year,” Cooley said. “It is a relaxing, enjoyable environment that encourages thinking and helps people to realize the global community we live in.”

Attendance to the breakfast will require reservations and the cost will be $150 for a table of eight, or $20 per person.  Discounts are available for Marshall faculty and students.

“There are hundreds of significant events that have happened in black history that are vital to our society,” Cooley said. “A few that stick out are the Emancipation Proclamation, the court case of Brown versus Board and the victory of President Barack Obama in the elections.”

The events are a way for members of the Huntington community to come together and celebrate these historic events.

Jessica Ramey can be contacted at


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