COLLEGE PLACE -- Walla Walla University will host several public events Friday and Saturday celebrating the history of African-Americans.
All day Friday, high school seniors will mark African-American University Days by touring campus and attending classes to get a glimpse of what life as a WWU student is like.
Friday evening vespers will feature African-American music and drama as well as a presentation by Ofa Langi, a recent graduate from WWU's School of Theology. Vespers begins at 8 p.m. in University Church, 212 S.W. Fourth St.
Saturday, Berean Fellowship, an African-American worship community on the WWU campus, will present First Serve at 9:30 a.m. in the University Church, with Langi presenting. At 10:30 a.m., Maynard-Reid will lead a Bible study in the same location. The second service at the University Church begins at 11:30 a.m. with guest speaker James Doggette, senior pastor of the Madison Mission Church in Huntsville, Ala., and professor of religion and theology at Oakwood University. His sermon title is, "Defaced but not Devalued."
Accenting the second service will be a mass choir comprised of African-American choirs and musical ensembles from across the Northwest.
The same musicians will perform for the second annual "Total Praise: A Festival of Choirs" in the University Church at 4 p.m. Saturday. Choirs will include African-American and African choirs and praise groups from Oregon, Washington and Walla Walla University. The concert is free.
WWU's Black Student Christian Forum will host an International Fair of games and food for the university's weekend guests at 8 p.m. Saturday. For more information, call 527-2656.