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African Student Union to present Global Night on April 13

April 3, 2013

People can learn more about cultural traditions of several African countries during an African Global Night at Indiana State University on April 13.

The African Student Union at Indiana State will host the event, which will be at 6 p.m. in the University Hall Theatre and will feature stories, songs and dances. The theme for African Global Night is Sankofa, which means "going back to your roots," said Kirk Moore, an Indiana State sophomore from Ghana and African Student Union member who is helping organize the event.

"Africans used to have traditions that western ways have found their ways into," Moore said. "It's a culture that we shouldn't get rid of for the reason that we are so caught up with the western culture. We need to remember it."

The students will perform songs and dances from countries that include Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. After the performances, attendees will then go to the Charles E. Brown African American Cultural Center, where they can sample food from several African countries, including Congo, Liberia, Cote d'Ivoire and Kenya, among others.

"People are going to learn something new about Africa, the culture of Africa, and how has that transformed some aspects of the United States culture as well," Moore said. "They also will learn about the impact of the African culture on us as students, foreign exchange students, and how we will impact the Terre Haute community."

Tickets cost $5 for Indiana State students, faculty and staff, and $10 for the general public. For more information, including to purchase tickets, contact Obed Tompieu at or Kirk Moore at

Contact: Kirk Moore, African Student Union, Indiana State University,

Writer: Austin Arceo, assistant director of media relations, Office of Communications and Marketing, Indiana State University, 812-237-3790 or