UMES to Host AfroFlow

  • Wednesday, March 7, 2007

    PRINCESS ANNE, MD - The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) Tobacco Control Resource Center welcomes Detroit-based international recording artist MIKE-E during the AfroFlow tour of Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  The tour, sponsored by the South Atlantic Division of the American Cancer Society (ACS) and scheduled to visit HBCU campuses in six states, comes to the Ella Fitzgerald Center for the Performing Arts on the UMES campus on Friday, March 9, at 7 p.m.

    The AfroFlow Tour, which commences at the 2007 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Basketball Tournament in Charlotte, NC, is an awareness campaign fashioned to point out the staggering affects of cancer in the African-American community.  The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History lends support to the tour by donating expert production and promotion personnel to convey the Museum's message and commitment to the national HBCU community. 

    ACS Targeted Populations Manager Rita Miller said, "Our partnerships with the CIAA and HBCUs provide exciting opportunities to increase awareness in the African American community of a variety of cancer-related issues."

    AfroFlow is a major component of ACS' HBCU Project, which is a new initiative designed to obtain the long-term engagement of African American youth in all ACS aspects.  With over forty percent of the nation's HBCUs based in the ACS' South Atlantic Division and the disproportionate number of African-Americans in the U.S. affected by cancer, the ACS concluded that it is essential to build and strengthen partnerships with the HBCU community in the fight against cancer. 

    The high energy series of events during the AfroFlow presentation features the nonconformist MIKE-E, with his thought-provoking spoken word and unflinching hip-hop style.  His remarkable stage show features vocalist Kenny Watson, Hot Sauce, a captivating seven-piece band, the invincible DJ Invisible and African percussionist Sowandé Keita.  MIKE-E said, "AfroFlow is an experience.  We don't preach. We simply perform, inform and keep it moving from start to finish."

    The UMES Tobacco Control Resource Center operates within the School of Arts and Sciences and is associated with the Department of Education. The Center is committed to addressing tobacco related health disparities in minority populations, building capacity for tobacco control activities and fostering leaders within the minority community to carry out tobacco control initiatives. The Center provides tobacco use prevention education and promotion; serves as a venue for tobacco use counseling and cessation therapy; and conducts outreach efforts to campus housing facilities, fraternity/sorority organizations, churches and community-based organizations serving minorities.

    For more information about AfroFlow or the UMES Tobacco Control Resource Center, call Jones at 410-651-7822.  

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    Suzanne Waters Street, director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-621-2355, sstreet@umes.edu.

    Contact: Jonte' Jones, director, UMES Tobacco Control and Resource Center, 410-651-7822, j