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USCL celebrates Black History Month

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By Jesef Williams

Besides Sunday’s performance by interpreter and storyteller Kitty Wilson-Evans, there are a few other events going on at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster to celebrate Black History Month.

They are sponsored by the campus’ Black Awareness Group, or BAG.

Soul Food Luncheon

In what has become a tradition at USCL, the Soul Food Luncheon will be held Feb. 18 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building multipurpose room.

The lunch usually features fried chicken, macaroni and cheese and other popular foods in the black community, said Tracey Mobley, advisor for BAG.

USCL faculty and students as well as members of the general public usually attend the event.

“We’re trying to give people a chance to celebrate Black History Month and enjoy a good meal,” Mobley said. “Soul food is a part of the African-American experience.”

HIV Awareness

On Feb. 25, BAG will host HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at the Bradley Building.

The USCL family and the community at large can receive information and free testing for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Testing will be done by representatives from the Catawba Care Coalition, a nonprofit agency that promotes HIV/AIDS awareness and provides related services in Lancaster, York and Chester counties.

Testing, available that day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, is done with a quick swab to the upper and lower gum line. Results are given in as little as 20 minutes.

“We think it’s important for people to know their HIV status and not be afraid to find out,” said Mobley, who points to statistics that highlight how HIV disproportionately affects blacks.

Youth Explosion

BAG also sponsored its annual Youth Explosion, Thursday at Bundy Auditorium.

The event featured performances by local youth choirs, step teams and praise teams representing schools, churches and other community groups.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152