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Black History Month events scheduled

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2011

Black History Month LogoEAU CLAIRE — A number of events are scheduled at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and in the community to celebrate Black History Month in February.

A screening of the film "Brother Outsider, The Life of Bayard Rustin" will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 15 in Davies Theatre. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Since its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its national broadcast on PBS, "Brother Outsider" has introduced millions of viewers around the world to Rustin — a visionary strategist and activist who has been called "the unknown hero" of the civil rights movement.

A faculty and community forum titled "What Does 'Respecting Diversity and Honoring Black Identity' Mean?" will be conducted from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 21 in Davies Theatre. Speakers will be Dr. Obika Gray, professor of political science; Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English; Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton, associate professor of history; Dr. Steve Majstorovic, associate professor of political science; Teresa O'Halloran, assistant to the chancellor for affirmative action; and Brian Carlisle, dean of students.

A student forum titled "Who Made You the Blackness Police? Intra- and Inter-racial Stereotyping" will be held from noon-1 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Presidents Room of Davies Center.

"Tone Poem" is slated for 6-9 p.m. March 8 in Schofield Auditorium. The event is a discussion of African American culture and gender using literature, music, oral testimony and history.

For more information about Black History Month events, contact Dr. Selika Ducksworth-Lawton at 715-828-2019 or duckswsm@uwec.edu. Information also is available on Facebook.

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