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Claflin University to Hold Black History National TRIO Day Celebration Feb. 23

Feb 21, 2013

Claflin University will hold its 21st Black History National TRIO Day Celebration and Step Show on Saturday, February 23 at 9 a.m. at the Jonas T. Kennedy Health and Physical Education Center.

The TRIO programs are federally funded and designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Claflin University’s involvement in the programs dates back to 1986 and hundreds of middle and high school students have participated.

According to TRIO Director Gwendolyn Phillips, the achievements of past TRIO participants will be acknowledged.  The fourth annual American TRIO Idol competition will take place on Trio Day. Students will perform dramatic speeches, poems, songs, dances and reading or musical selections related to black history or TRIO programs. Another competition will be the “Stepping Back into Black History Step Show” where participants perform step routines and pay tribute to a famous African American or historic event.  Trophies will be awarded in both competitions.

The daylong TRIO celebration is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. Lunch will be available at a cost of $7.22 per person. For more information, contact Phillips by phone at (803) 535-5058 or by e-mail at

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