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Official Black History Month Observance at UDC


The University of the District of Columbia will hold its annual official Black History Month and Cultural Commemoration Programs on the Van Ness Campus in the Auditorium of Building 41, Room A03 on Tuesday, February 21, and Wednesday, February 22, 2012 from 8:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

Special guests will include noted researcher, historian and scholar Anthony Browder sharing his most recent findings from his excavation project in Egypt on Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 AM; on Wednesday, February 22, former Washington Post journalist and author Donna Britt will be reading from and discussing her new book Brothers (And Me).  South African Ambassador to the U.S. Ebrahim Rasool will join a panel with UDC’s own Professor Paul Nehru Tennassee and Ambassador Dennis Antoine, articulating the international context of Black History Month throughout the African Diaspora.

Other presentations include those of Judge Rohulamin Quander, the descendant of the oldest continuously documented African American family in the United States; Carol Ubosi, whose paternal ancestor fought in the U.S. Civil War; Rufus Tiefing Stevenson, performer of Harlem Renaissance poetry and African Art curator of Jah Kente Inc., and Dr. Elsie A. Williams, Professor of English, lecturing on the African American folk art forms. Additionally, there will be several student panel discussions. Each session is an hour and thirty minutes: 9:30, 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 4:00, and the last session, at 5:30.  A Continental breakfast will be served each day at 8:30; door prizes will be given at the 5:30 sessions. Admission is free and open to all.

To see more detailed information download the program details.

For more information contact: Mohamed El-Khawas, 202.274.7108

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