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Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 2:00 am

To celebrate Black History Month, Maya Angelou and Kendrick Lamar will both be appearing on campus.

Lamar, a rapper known for platinum-selling song “Swimming Pools,” will be performing at 8 p.m. Feb. 25 at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

Student tickets are $20 for the ground and first level, and $25 for general admission. For the second and third floors, student tickets are $10 and $15 for general admission.

Ticket sales begin Feb. 7 at the University Box Office.

Evan Galin, vice chair of public relations for Student Government Productions, said tickets can also be purchased on Ticketmaster.

Galin said SGP collaborated with the Black Student Union to select the artists, and they received Facebook input requesting Lamar.

“I’m excited about seeing the variety of students that are going to come,” the 20-year-old public relations junior said. “Celebrating Black History Month is important for everyone.”

Angelou, a Pulitzer Prize nominated poet, will be performing through Accent Speakers’ Bureau. She will be performing at 8 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are free.

Galin said it was important to have Lamar and Angelou perform in the same week because it represents the past and the present.

Satcha Sanon, a 20-year-old industrial and systems engineering sophomore, said she will get a ticket to both.

“Front row, if possible,” she said.

Sanon said to hear Maya Angelou was coming to UF was a shock.

“I’m excited to see her,” she said. “Maya Angelou is really inspirational in that I know that she will impact people of all colors when she comes to speak.”

Contact Alexa Volland at [email protected].

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