WHEN: Thursday (Feb. 28) at 11 a.m.

WHERE: ASU’s Thelma Glass Auditorium, located in G.W. Trenholm Hall (S. Jackson St.).

Alabama State’s University College will acknowledge the historic contributions of ASU and its founding fathers, the “Marion Nine,” at a special Black History Month presentation titled “Because of Alabama State University,” which will be held Thursday (Feb. 28), at 11 a.m. in ASU’s Thelma Glass Auditorium, located in G.W. Trenholm Hall.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given.

The theme relates to how ASU played a major role in the city’s famous Bus Boycott and Sit-In Movement that sparked the civil rights movement, and how the “Marion Nine,” (who were nine former slaves), created what is now known as Alabama State University in Marion, Ala. in 1867.

The event features performances by current Alabama State University students and a skit that tells the story of the Marion Nine, which  was  written by ASU’s Jamicia Croskery, who teaches English, First-Year Experience and College Study Skills

Don’t miss the experience of ASU’s rich history.

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104

ASU Media Relations specialist Hazel Scott wrote this news release.

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