Hair expo, festival planned as part of African-American History Month

Stylists from the Chamiese Marion Hair and Photography Studio in Charlotte will offer limited free hair services Saturday, Feb. 9, as part of Western Carolina University’s celebration of African-American History Month.

Sponsored by WCU’s Department of Intercultural Affairs, the hair expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Cullowhee Presbyterian Church, and up to 40 participants will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis for free hair services including shampooing, cuts, braids, blowouts, knots and twists. Appointments can be made by contacting the Department of Intercultural Affairs.

The expo also will include interactive beauty trivia and free giveaways.

Sarah Carter, associate director of resource services with the Department of Intercultural Affairs, said the event was originally suggested by first-year student Kiyonna Morgan, who said offering haircuts would help students feel beautiful and empowered.

“We also wanted to provide an opportunity for our minority students to receive services for their hair, as often they have to drive outside of the area to obtain those same services,” said Carter.

Also as part of African-American History Month, WCU is hosting a heritage festival in the Grandroom of A.K. Hinds University Center that is free and open to the public.

A walking exhibit will be open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 4-6.

An opening reception and presentation titled “Celebrating Our Own: Taking a Look at Our Leaders” was held at 6 pm. Feb. 4. The presentation centered on leaders of the national Pan-Hellenic Council who have a made a difference while maintaining commitment to their organizations.

Then on Feb. 5, the film “The Great Debaters” will be shown at 7 p.m. and will include a discussion. The movie centers on the true story of a professor at the historically black Wiley College who inspired students to form a debate team in 1935 that went on to challenge Harvard in a national championship.

On Feb. 6, Carl Moore will present “Got Swagga? Exploring Social Justice Using Hip-Hop Elements” at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be served at the evening events.

For more information about the Chamiese Marion Hair and Photography Studio, visit For more information about the hair expo or heritage festival, contact Intercultural Affairs at or 828-227-2276.