SCF African-American Student Union to Host Spoken Word Event

(Bradenton, Fla., February 2, 2011) —State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota (SCF) African-American Student Union will host a spoken word event “Under the Baobab Tree” at 7 p.m., Feb. 11, at the Family Heritage House Museum at SCF Bradenton, 5840 26th St. West. The event is free and open to the public.

Named for the African tradition of poets gathering under the baobab tree to share their wisdom with the community, the event features WMNF radio host Kwabena Dinizulu and other Tampa Bay area spoken word performers.

SCF students also will perform excerpts from Ntozake Shange’s “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” a series of 20 poems set in the United States in the second half of the 20th century. The monologues are performed by seven black women who each represent a color in a rainbow and express struggles that African-American women face throughout their lives. The poems address love, abandonment, rape and abortion, embodied by each woman's story, ending with the celebration of the power of womanhood.

The Family Heritage House Museum is located on the south side of the SCF Bradenton Library near the 60th Avenue West entrance. Maps and directions are online at

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