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Contact: Office of Africana Studies
E-mail: dinerop@kean.edu
Phone: 908-737-3915

Celebrating African History Month at Kean University

Medical Apartheid Author Harriet A. Washington and S.A.G.A. Dancers among Highlights

UNION, N.J. – In celebration of African History Month, the Office of Africana Studies at Kean University will host Africa: Issues, Crises and Solutions from Tuesday, February 19, through Thursday, February 21. The lectures and performances are free and open to the public. All events will take place at the University Center, located at 1000 Morris Ave. in Union, N.J.

“History not only tells about how things were but also why things are,” said Dr. James Conyers, director of Africana Studies. “In essence, African history is like the social, political and cultural DNA that helps us understand African people within the context of time.”

The Office of Africana Studies will offer the following programs:

Tuesday, February 19 - University Center Little Theatre

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present discussion with author Prof. Harriet A. Washington

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – South Africa: the Story, the Music and the Dance presentation by activist Ntsiki Kabane-Langford, chairperson of S.O.S.A. (Spirit of South Africa in America), and performance by Thandi Bhengu and the South African Girls Abroad (S.A.G.A) dancers.

Wednesday, February 20

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – University Center Little Theatre - Darfur: An African American Perspective lecture by Rev. Hebert Daugherty, House of the Lord Church in Brooklyn, N.Y.

2 p.m. to 4 p.m. – University Center, Room 228 - Crises in the Horn of Africa lecture by Dr. Wolde Woubneh, professor in the Department of Mathematics at Kean University.

Thursday, February 21 - University Center Little Theater

12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Political Leadership and Economic Development in West Africa lecture by Dr. Kofi Afriyie, associate professor in the Department of Graduate Management Studies at Kean University.

2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. – The Politics of Central Africa lecture by Dr. Kikombo Ngoy, assistant professor in the Department of Geology of Kean University.

7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. – The African Heritage Concert Series performance featuring Rene McLean and the J Mac’s Dynasty, dedicated to the memory of jazz legend Jackie McLean.