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Black History Month Events

By Eddy Ball
February 2008

Women work on a quilt for the exhibition
Women work on a quilt for the exhibition. (Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Historical Foundation, Inc.)

Campus and area organizers have finalized arrangements for three events during February to celebrate Black History Month - a yearly acknowledgement of the struggles and accomplishments of African Americans:

February 1, 6:00 - 8:00, in the Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery at Hayti Heritage Center in Durham: Opening reception for an Exhibition of Works by the African American Quilt Circle. Sponsored by the St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Inc., the exhibition runs through April 6.

February 12, 10:00 - 11:30, in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Main Auditorium: Lecture on "Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism" by Charles Nelms, Ph.D., chancellor of North Carolina Central University.

February 26, 10:00 - 11:30 in the EPA Main Auditorium: Panel discussion on African-American Senior Executive Service facilitated by William Brown, president and founder of the African American Federal Executive Association.

The NIEHS Diversity Council and the Research Triangle Park Chapter of Blacks In Government hosted a talk, "The Seamstress and the Scholar Who Changed America," on January 30 in Rodbell Auditorium in observance Martin Luther King, Jr. The guest speaker, Professor James Seymour, holds a Doctor of Ministry degree and serves as head of the Department of Religion and Philosophy at Saint Augustine's College in Raleigh, N.C. He is also the executive director of Accumulated Resources of Kindred Spirits (ARKS), a nonprofit organization that provides resources to humanitarian, educational, and religious projects in America, Africa and India.

Organizers are also planning several events in recognition of Black History Month. Details will follow by e-mail notification as they are finalized.

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