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UW-Eau Claire Spring Forum Series
To Open with Presentation by Bobby Seale

 MAILED:  Feb. 3, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — Bobby Seale, an architect of one of the most important social change movements in American civil rights history, will speak Thursday, Feb. 12, at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Forum will present Seale’s presentation, titled “Seize the Time: The Story of the Black Panther Party,” at 7:30 p.m. in Zorn Arena. One of the founders of the controversial Black Panther Party for Self Defense (1966-74), Seale explores the interconnectedness of current civil-human rights issues with the world’s ecological problems, new-millennium political issues and global economics.

Robert George Seale was born in Dallas, Texas, to a poor American carpenter and his wife. During his youth, Seale was faced with many circumstances of racial prejudice. With a growing interest in racial issues, Seale began attending Oakland City College (Merritt College) in 1962. The same year he joined the Afro-American Association, a campus organization that stressed black separatism and self-improvement. Seale joined forces with Huey P. Newton to organize a “power to the people” revolution, and the two risked their lives in an attempt to stop institutionalized racist discrimination, police brutality and the murder of Black people.

Bobby Seale has lectured at more than 2,000 colleges and universities and at several hundred community and protest-movement advocacy events. Fast-talking but soft spoken and passionate about his causes, Seale defines himself as a “revolutionary humanist,” an image at odds with that of the angry, shotgun-toting and uniformed Black Panther he is often made out to be. Americans must reach for the future, he says, to create a greater community-controlled democracy, devoid of racist chauvinistic practices.

Admission is $7 for the public, $5 for those 62 and older and UW System or Chippewa Valley Technical College faculty and staff, and $3 for those 17 and younger and UW System or CVTC students. Tickets are available at the University Service Center in Davies Center and will be sold at the door.

Patrons may also charge their tickets to MasterCard or Visa when they order by phone. Call the University Service Center, (715) 836-3727 — or, outside the immediate Eau Claire area, call toll-free (800) 949-UWEC. A $3 handling fee will be added to all telephone charge orders.

The Forum is funded by the students of the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and administered by the Activities and Programs office of University Centers and Programs.


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Updated: February 2, 2004