Prickly Pear, Yearbook of Abilene Christian University, 2002 Page: 55
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S everal hundred packed Cullen
Auditorium at the fifth annual
Black History Program.
The audience enjoyed a two-act play
with singing and dancing. Shades, Step
Squad and the ACU Jazz Combo all participated.
In charge of writing the play, entitled
The Story of Us, were Kim Roach, senior
marketing major from Abilene and
director of the play, and Courtney
Jackson, senior psychology major from
Abilene and assistant director.
Roach said one of their main goals
was to present a story of black people's
lives that would be the story of every
man and woman too. They wrote a love
story that took place in the 1960s and
contained historical facts. The program
included singing and choreography.
Approximately 75 students took part
in the program and started working on it
at the beginning of the school semester.
LaShae Sloan, director of Student
Multicultural Enrichment, was one of
the sponsors. She was in charge of
encouraging the students and giving
them a perspective outside their own
She said the main lesson the students
learned had to do with relationships.
She said they learned how to work
together under stress, which is not an
Sloan added that the event was
important for several reasons.
It was not until 1961 that the first
African-American students were admitted
to ACU. In 1997, the first Black History
Program was performed.
Vonna Lary was a freshman secondary
education major from Dallas who
asked friends to help her with the program
and advertise it to attract people's
interest. This first production was called
"Essence of Ebony," and it presented several
acts that included singing, speeches,
African dance, stepping and a skit.
This year more than twice the number
of students participated in the program,
and organizers said they considered
it successful. Students said the best
advertising for the show came from the
excellent performance put on last year.
Not only ACU faculty and students
attended, but families of participating
students and Abilene residents attended
Black History Month
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