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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 16, 2003
CONTACT: Faith Jackson
Office of University Relations
(908) 737-NEWS

Kean University Celebrates African-American History Month

UNION, N.J. — Kean University invites the public to a series of culturally enriching events celebrating African-American History Month on the main campus, 1000 Morris Avenue, Union, N.J.

On Monday, January 27, at 4:15 p.m., the African-American flag will be hoisted in a ceremony at the University Center courtyard. On Wednesday, February 5, Dr. Norma Bowe, associate professor in the Department of Physical Education, Recreation and Health, will lead an AIDS workshop in the University Center, Room 228.

On February 11, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., retired Kean professor Dr. Alex Hall will give an address titled Reverie on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the University Center Little Theatre. A debate on reparations to African-Americans will take place on Tuesday, February 18, at noon in the University Center Greek Lounge.

Two thought-provoking guests are scheduled to speak on Tuesday, February 25. The first, Dr. Elmo Randolph, a New Jersey dentist, will visit the Little Theatre from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. to discuss his experiences as one of the 12 motorists to win a settlement in a racial-profiling lawsuit against the New Jersey State Police in January 2003. Prolific author Jim Haskins will present a lecture as part of Kean’s Contemporary Writers Series at 7:30 p.m. in Wilkins Theatre. He’s written many award-winning books for children and adults, including Black Music in America and The March on Washington. Haskins also wrote The Cotton Club, the book which inspired the motion picture of the same name, and is general editor of several series of books, including the Hippocrene African Language Dictionaries.

A closing reception for African-American History Month will be held on Wednesday, February 26, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m in the University Center, Room 228. Refreshments will be served. The day will conclude with a special awards ceremony in the Little Theatre at 7 p.m., where several notable African-Americans from New Jersey will be honored for their contributions to black progress.

Kean University’s African-American History Month celebration is sponsored by the Office of Africana Studies, the Pan-African Student Union, and the Office of Student Life and Leadership Development. The Student Organization of Kean University, Inc. also provided partial funding. Please call Alfred Brown in the Office of Africana Studies at (908) 737-3918 for further information.