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Students to present readings from African-American writers

Released: 02/10/2005

Members of LSU Alexandria’s Major African-American Writers class are presenting a series of dramatic readings from the work of well-known African-American writers and political leaders at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Kent Plantation House. The program is part of a series of presentations at Kent Plantation House this month in honor of Black History Month.

The Feb. 25 program will include hymns, poems and passages from the work of writers and leaders the students have studied, including Phillis Wheatly, Sojourner Truth, Booker T. Washington, Martin Luther King Jr., Jesse Jackson and Barack Obama. The class, new this semester at LSU Alexandria, is taught by Dr. Ginger Jones, associate professor of English.

Students presenting the readings are Hope Atchison, Connie Cooper, Jackie Davis Jr., Megan Durrett, Jessica Goynes, Jennifer Greene, Janis Griffith, Tanisha Kirk, Mark Meyers, Ozel Piper, Jessica Rambo, Jessica Scott, Carlos Smith and Jessica Williams. Dr. Catherine Tabor, assistant professor of speech, will also participate, reciting poems by James Weldon Johnson.