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Worcester State to Celebrate Black History Month

Friday, February 05, 2016

 

Worcester State University is celebrating Black History Month wit multiple events which will look at the experiences of African-Americans in the U.S. The events include:  

On Wednesday, Feb. 10 at 10:30 a.m., May Street Building (formerly Temple Emanuel) auditorium:

Kevin Powell Lecture

Kevin Powell is described as a writer, poet, entrepreneur, and political activist who has spoken out against violence against women and girls. He is considered one of the most relevant political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. He is author of 12 books, including his most recent, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood. He will speak on “History is A People’s Memory: Celebrating the Past, Celebrating Us,” and will be available for a book signing immediately afterward. This event is in conjunction with WSU’s National African-American Read-In Day Celebration and is free and open to the public.

Not open to the public: Preview Day for Worcester High School Students (various locations)

Also on National African-American Read-In Day (Feb. 10) is a WSU Admissions Office event, "Preview Day." The day consists of Worcester high school students attending mock classes conducted by professors, taking a campus tour, and attending information sessions as well as the Kevin Powell lecture. About 120 students from Worcester public schools are expected to attend Preview Day. Note that this event is listed here for potential media coverage; it is not open to the public.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m., Ghosh Science & Technology Center, Room 102:

Film Screening of Black Power Mix Tape: 1967—1975

Originally lost in an archive in Sweden until recent discovery, Danny Glover presents The Black Power Mix Tape, a compilation feature documentary film that illustrates the story of the African-American community from 1965-1975. A post-film discussion will be led by Professor Francisco Vivioni of the Sociology Department. Sponsored by the student organization, Third World Alliance, this event is free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Sullivan Academic Center, Eager Auditorium:

Film Screening of Selma 

Although the Civil Rights Act of 1964 legally desegregated the South, discrimination was still rampant in certain areas, making it very difficult for blacks to register to vote. In 1965, an Alabama city became the battleground in the fight for suffrage. 

On Thursday, March 3, at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Sullivan Auditorium:

Dr. Cornel West Lecture

Worcester State University’s annual Courageous Conversations lecture series presents “A Conversation with Dr. Cornel West. One of America’s most provocative pubic intellectuals, West has been a life-long champion for racial justice and is a Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Princeton University. 

Worcester State University 

Worcester State University is a nationally public liberal arts university offering a wide variety of programs taught by committed, accessible faculty offering engaging research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike. 

 

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