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Published: Friday, 2/3/2012

Lourdes University celebrates African-American History Month


Documentary, community concert, national read-in and book discussion planned Lourdes will host the following events in honor of the 2012 African-American History Month.

Freedom Riders Documentary: February 7

Freedom Riders is an inspirational documentary spanning the six month timeframe in 1961 that changed America forever. From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives — and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment — for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the south. Deliberately violating Jim Crow laws, the Freedom Riders met with bitter racism and mob violence along the way, ultimately testing their belief in nonviolent activism. Run time: 120 minutes. Rating: R. Showing at noon in St. Francis Hall, Room 7. Free and open to the public.

African American Read-In: February 15

Sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English, Lourdes University will be part of the 23rd national African American Read-In.

Members of the community can choose from nearly 70 titles including fiction, non-fiction and poetry pieces such as Nonviolent Resistance Must Remain a Civil Rights Principle by Martin Luther King, Jr., Dream Deferred by Langston Hughes and A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines. Ebeid Student Center in the lower level of Delp Hall, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Motown / Charles H. Wright Museum trip: February 18

Lourdes students will have an opportunity to visit the Motown Museum and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Mich.. Founded in 1985, the Motown Museum preserves the legacy of the Motown Record Corporation and culture through exhibitions and programs that promote the values of vision, creativity and entrepreneurship. The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History is the world's largest institution dedicated to the African American experience. Open to Lourdes community only.

Lourdes University Celebration of Black History Month: February 29

The Lourdes University annual Celebration of Black History Month will feature guest speaker the Honorable Judge Myron Duhart, as well as musical performances by the Clarence Smith Community Chorus, directed by Clarence R. Smith, Jr., the Lourdes University Chorus and Good Company Ensemble with Director Karen T. Biscay and accompanist Olga Topuzova-Meade and area high school choirs. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Franciscan Center. Call 419-824-3825 for more information. Free and open to the public.

Growing Up Black in White – Book Discussion with Author: March 1

Lourdes University will host a book discussion with author Kevin Hofmann. His book Growing Up Black in White addresses the issue of racial diversity and shares Hofmann’s first-hand account of being raised in a diverse household. Born to a white mother and black father in Detroit in 1967, only weeks before the race riots that brought a major city to its knees, the author was taken to a foster home and then adopted by a white minister and his wife. In this fascinating memoir, Hofmann reveals the difficulties and joys of being part of this family, particularly during a time and in a location where acceptance was tentative and emotions regarding race ran high and hot. 2 p.m. in the Den at Lourdes Commons. Free and open to the public – but please RSVP to or prior to the discussion.

I Have a Dream Theater Vision presentation: March 5

The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Students will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” $8 per person. 10 a.m. in the Franciscan Center.

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