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Ossie Davis - Actor.

Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis, an actor distinguished for roles dealing with human rights and racial injustice on stage, screen and in real life - and perhaps best known as the husband and partner of actress Ruby Dee - has died on Feb. 4, 2005 at the age of 87.

Feb 24 to March 13 - Ripped from the headlines, fact and fiction blur in this timely story of newsroom ambition. When an affluent white inner-city school teacher is murdered, young African-American journalist Yvonne thinks she has found the story to launch her career. But when her academic credentials come under fire so does her journalistic integrity and the truth about her story.

Boarshead Theatre presents The Story by Tracey Scott Wilson. Winner of the 2004 Kesselring Prize for playwriting and the 2004 Whiting Award. This is a joint production with the Plowshares Theatre Company. Call: 517-484-7805 or check out www.boarshead.org

Feb 20 - Soweto Gospel Choir at the MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts at 4:00 pm. The 32-member Soweto Gospel Choir shares the vibrant and colorful culture of South Africa. The choir along with thrilling drummers and dancers offers a musical cornucopia of traditional African gospel and modern western Spiritiuals sung in six of Soweto's 11 languages. Ticket price $15.00 plus $1.50 total $16.50 Call 517-353-1700

Feb 23 to 27 - Theater - Paul Robeson - The play chronicles the life of this many faceted and inspiring man presented by the Plow Shares Theater at the Detroit Music Hall for the Performing Arts. Call: (313) 872-0279.

Feb 26 - Mardi Gras 2005 hosted by the MSU Alumni Club of Mid Michigan and MSU Black Alumni, Inc. - Lansing Chapter from 7:00 PM to 12:30 A.M. at the Lansing Holiday Inn South ENjoy authentic Louisiana-style grub, Hurricanes (um, um, good!) beads and music by Root Doctor. Dinner served promptly at 7:30. Crazy costumes and wild make-up are the order of the evening! Contacts: Merritta 321-3021, Rick 339-4697, or John 676-0036. Registration deadline is February 18, 2005. Form available from newspaper ad or SEE the link HERE in the right hand column of the MiBulletin.org 4-1-1 web page ==>

Feb 27 - UAW Local 652 Civil Rights Committee 10th Annual Black History Program featuring a guest speaker, entertainment and dinner starting at 3 p.m. 426 Clare Street, Lansing MI 48917.

Check out the many Black History Month Events happening at Lansing Community College.

March 5 - "Majestic Memories" is the theme of eleven young ladies debut at the 2005 Les Meres et Debutantes 40th Annual Cotillion Ball at the Lansing Convention Center.

March 10 to 13 - 22nd Annual Ancient Kemetic Studies Conference presented by the Association for the Study of Classical African Civilizations. Theme: "The Opening of the Mouth Let the Ancestors Speak" at Benedict College, Columbia, SC Call: (323) 730-1155 or on the web http://www.ascac.org

March 12 - Phi Beta Sigma Spring Dance Fundraiser. Featuring Hustle and Ballroom lessoms from 7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m., DJ Dance Party 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Cost: $30 per person in advance. Attire: Business Casual. Hot and cold Hors D'oeuvres served. Dance is slated for the Holiday Inn West, 7501 W. Saginaw Hwy., Lansing, MI. Call 517-862-6948. Sponsored by the Epsilon Tau Sigma Lansing Chapter.

March 25 - The Lincoln Center Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra will perform at the MSU Wharton Center for Performing Arts (The Great Hall) at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available from Clyde Hanna at the Wharton Center. Call 517-353-1982, ext 122. Ticket cost is $5.00.

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