February is African-American Awareness Month at the University of Utah, and several events have been scheduled to entertain, enlighten and enliven students there.
Quincy Troupe, a celebrated poet and author, gave a reading on Feb. 1 and taught classes through Feb. 4.On Monday, Feb. 11, Ishmael Reed, one of the most distinguished novelists in America, will be making several appearances.
At 9:55 a.m. he will discuss "Creative Writing: Literature and the African-American Tradition" in room 326 of the Marriott Center for Dance.
At noon he will read from his works in the Olpin Union Little Theater. He will also read at 7 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church.
Reed is the author of eight novels, including "Mumbo Jumbo" and "Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down." His high-energy, street-wise style almost has more in common with song and poetry than prose. Here are the opening lines of "Yellow Back Radio:"
Folks. This here is a the story of the Loop Garoo Kid. A cowboy so bad he made a working posse of spells phone in sick. A bullwhacker so unfeeling he left the print of winged mice on hides of crawling women. A desperado so ornery he made the Pope cry. . . .
Publisher's Weekly calls Reed ". . . bold, brash and blunt, Reed's manner has never failed to fire up controversy."
On Feb. 15 at 9:15 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Olpin Union Little Theatre there will be a screening of a new documentary about Malcolm X. Admission is $1.50.
At 9:55 a.m. Feb. 19 in 326 MDC, Boulin Johnson will discuss "Sociological Perspectives in the African-American Experience. She will also discuss the lives of women police officers at noon in 293 Olpin Union.
At 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Olpin Union she will discuss black families.
There is also a dance and music event on Feb. 24, and on Feb. 27 members of the African-American community will present biographical sketches of historical personalities.
For more information on these and other activities call professor Ronald G. Coleman at 581-5206, or contact the U. News Service at 581-7975.