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Distributed February 4, 2005
Contact Mary Jo Curtis

Through March 1, 2005
Brown offers public events to celebrate Black History Month

Brown University is presenting a series of events, titled What is Black? Addressing Our Divisions, Embracing Our Identities, Unifying Our People, now through March 1, 2005, in observance of Black History Month. All events are open to the public; admission is free, except where a charge is noted.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In celebration of Black History Month, Brown will present What is Black? Addressing Our Divisions,Embracing Our Identities, Unifying Our People, a series of public events being offered through March 1, 2005.

The series will feature lectures and panel discussions, literary readings, movies screenings and performances. All events listed below are open to the public; admission is free, except as noted.

Monday, Feb. 7

  • Slavery and Justice Lecture Series: Joseph Opala, professor of history at James Madison University, will speak on “Priscilla’s Homecoming: Following the Route of a Rhode Island Slave Ship Back to Africa” at 7:30 p.m. in Room 001 of the Salomon Center for Teaching, located on The College Green. (Contact: [email protected])
  • National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: A screening of the movie Pandemic at 6 p.m. at Columbus Theater, 270 Broadway, Providence. (Contact: Candy Frater, [email protected])

Wednesday, Feb. 9

  • Poetry reading and discussion: Featuring Thomas Ellis, 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Starr Auditorium, MacMillan Hall, 167 Thayer St. (Contact: [email protected])

Friday, Feb. 11

  • Poetry: “Spoken Word from the Heart of the Beast,” featuring the “poemcees” Lady Pcoq and Jason Reynolds, 7 to 9 p.m. at Rites and Reason Theatre, 155 Angell St. (Contact: [email protected])

Tuesday, Feb. 15

  • African Misconception Forum: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Room 106 of Smith Buonano Hall, Pembroke Campus. (Contact: [email protected])

Wednesday, Feb. 16

  • Lecture: Rosa Clemente will speak on “African-Americans and Latino Hip Hop Resistance: Uniting Our Generation,” at 7 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching on The College Green. (Contact: [email protected])

Friday, Feb. 25

  • Performance/Discussion: The acclaimed dance performance troupe Urban Bush Women will present a “Hair Party,” followed by a performance of Cheryl J. West’s Jar The Floor, at 6:30 p.m. at the Providence Black Repertory Theatre Company, 276 Westminster St. Tickets for both events are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and children; they may be purchased at the box office or by calling (401) 351-0353. (Contact: [email protected])

Saturday, Feb. 26

  • Performance: The Urban Bush Women, celebrating their 20th anniversary season, will perform at 7:30 p.m. at Providence Performing Arts Center, 220 Weybosset St. Tickets are $25 or $20; they are available at the box office or by calling (401) 421-2787. (Contact: [email protected])

Monday, Feb. 28

  • Slavery and Justice Lecture Series: “Slavery in American Memory” – James O. Horton, professor of American civilization and history at George Washington University will speak on “Presenting America’s Most Un-American History”; Lois E. Horton, professor of sociology at George Mason University, will discuss “Avoiding History: Public Responses to the Jefferson-Hemmings DNA Controversy” at 7:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching (lower level) on The College Green. (Contact: [email protected])

Tuesday, March 1

  • Slavery and Justice Lecture Series: A screening of the new PBS documentary “Slavery and the Making of America,” followed by a discussion with James and Lois Horton, at 7:30 p.m. in room 106 of Smith-Buonanno Hall on the Pembroke Campus. (Contact: [email protected])


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