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Black History Month exhibition, program set for Feb. 14

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Marietta, Ga. (Feb. 10, 2012) On Tues., Feb. 14, Southern Polytechnic State University will present a celebration of Africa in conjunction with the African Heritage Foundation (AHF). The event will feature visual exhibitions, a lecture, electronic presentation and a reception to be held on campus in the Architecture Building Gallery beginning at 4 p.m.

The exhibition, which made its debut during the 1996 Olympics, travels to various institutions throughout the U.S., Brazil and Canada detailing the splendor and significance of African culture through art exhibitions, lectures, archeology and symposiums. This event will launch the second phase of the African Heritage Foundation’s decade-long project, “Africa Matters.”

CEO, Africa Cultural Ambassador and President of the Africa Heritage Foundation, Chief Tunde Adetunji believes that the arts consistently express and communicate the essence of African culture and brilliance. There are two facets to the event, an exhibition titled “Celebrate Africa: Journey through the Ages,” and a tutorial lecture and electronic presentation, “The Ideal Black History Celebration and the Emerging Opportunities.”

A formal agreement was established last fall between SPSU and the AHF that seeks to build bridges between the 55 nations of the Africa Union and the United States, in part through the creation of a network of universities on both continents. Dr. Richard Bennett, director of international programs, said that this agreement is the basis of the foundation at SPSU, noting that more than 26 African nations are represented in the university’s student body.  See Photo Gallery.