Soul food dinner and film screening cap off Black History Month at Purdue

February 15, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - As part of Black History Month, the Purdue University Black Cultural Center, Purdue Housing and Food Services and the Black Caucus of Faculty and Staff will present a night of soul food and film starting at 5 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Hillenbrand Dining Court Atrium.  

Students without a meal plan and the general public can pay $11.75 for a soul food dinner from the Hillenbrand Dining Court and a screening of "The Great Debaters." There is no cost for students with a meal plan. The dinner will include Dixie crunch catfish, chicken gumbo soup, sweet potato casserole, baby back ribs and sweet potato pie. Attendees are encouraged to get dinner at 5 p.m. before the screening of the movie begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Hillenbrand Atrium.  

Inspired by a true story, the "The Great Debaters" showcases the non-traditional teaching methods of debate team coach professor Melvin Toslon. Tolson turned a small group of debaters from an African-American college in the Deep South into an elite debate team. 

Following the film, Cornelius Bynum, associate professor of history at Purdue, will lead a discussion about social issues highlighted in the movie. 

"Many of the topics addressed in the film are not often talked about in public settings," said BCC director Renee Thomas. "This will present a unique dialogue on Purdue's campus to discuss controversial issues facing American society today."

Writer: Morgan Stephens, 765-490-4855,

Source: Renee Thomas, 765-494-3091,

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