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Feb. 12: Storyteller Tejumola Ologboni

Presentation is one of a series of Black History Month events.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-7-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Storyteller, folklorist and oral historian Tejumola Ologboni will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 12 in Minnesota State University, Mankato’s Centennial Student Union (Room 253).

Ologboni’s presentation is free and open to the public and is one of a series of events and programs provided by Minnesota State Mankato’s Center of African American Affairs to celebrate Black History Month.

According to his biography, Ologboni is an avid student of African folklore and one of the nation’s leading authorities on African spirituality and culture. As an educator, he taught African literature, African American literature, creative writing, and English. His stories are drawn from African traditions and African American history and folklore. His high-energy, fast-paced and witty performances are spellbinding.

His performances have earned him the distinction of being a repeated featured teller at storytelling festivals throughout the country. He was the first-place winner of the first National Open-Invitational Tall-Tale Tellers Contest sponsored by the National Association of Black Storytellers. In 2002, he was the recipient of the most prestigious award in storytelling, the Zora Neale Hurston Award for “contributing to the perpetuation and preservation of African American Folklore.”

For more information about this event, please contact Shayla Braunshausen, interim director of the Center for African American Affairs, by phone at 507-389-5296 or by email at

This event is sponsored by Institutional Diversity at Minnesota State Mankato and the Black Student Union.

The purpose of the Black Student Union is to promote and sustain an atmosphere that is conducive to the political, cultural, social, spiritual, economic, and educational growth of students of African descent and the University community at-large. Such an atmosphere can be best achieved and sustained through the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge, cultural programming, pro-active leadership, and cooperation within the Black community.

Institutional Diversity
Institutional Diversity actively promotes a campus-wide cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences. Our staff provides direct services to students, and hosts enriching educational programs, cultural activities and insightful conferences for area youth, students, faculty, and staff.

Institutional Diversity extends a warm welcome to students or every culture and background, including African American, Asian American, American Indian and Latino.

For more information, please visit the Institutional Diversity website.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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