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University of the District of Columbia Black History Month Observance

WASHINGTON, DC – The University of the District of Columbia will hold its annual 2013 Black History Month Commemorative Celebration and Programs on the Van Ness Campus in the Auditorium of Building 41, Room A03 on February 26-28, 2013.  A continental breakfast will be served each day prior to the listed 90 minute program and will follow the UDC class schedule from 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM each day.

Our celebration this year opens with a posthumous tribute to the late scholar and historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin. We will show the PBS autobiographical documentary, First Person Singular, followed by UDC professor Dr. Shiela Martin’s personal reflections on Dr. Franklin. 

Special guests include noted University of Maryland educator, Dr. Sylvester “Jim” Gates, the 2013 Recipient of President Obama’s National Medal of Science Award, on Tuesday, February 26, at 2:00 PM. Historian and scholar Anthony “Tony” Browder will speak on “Countering the Negative Perspectives of Blacks in the Media” on Wednesday, February 27, at 9:30 AM. American University historian and author of Blacks in the White House, Clarence Lusane,  will present on “The Arc of Justice: From King to Obama” at 5:30 PM, followed by noted psychologist and lecturer Dr. Umar Johnson on Carter G. Woodson’s The Mis-Education of The Negro (1933)  at 7:00 PM.

In addition to the above, Wednesday’s sessions will include a concurrent panel discussion on “Minority Serving Institutions and The Relevance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 2013.”  This forum takes place in Building 38, on the 2nd Floor, Student Lounge from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  At this time we will also feature several students who will read their award-winning essays on the topic of HBCUs.

Other highlights include English professor, Dr. Cherie Ann Turpin’s presentation on “Digital Humanities: Access and Empowerment”; dramatist Rufus T. Stevenson’s performance of Harlem Renaissance poetry; Ambassador of the Cameroon, Joseph B.C. Foe Atangana’s discussion on “African Americans Re-Connections to the African Continent,” and musical selections from local, stellar saxophonist, Sherri Funn.  Admission is free and open to all.

For additional information, please see the UDC website or contact Dr. Elsie A. Williams, Chair of the UDC Black History Month Committee, at .


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