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Carbondale, IL 62901


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Celebrate Black History Month Lecture Series at the Library

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When February 25, 2014
from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM week until February 25, 2014
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Celebrate Black History Month Lecture Series at the Library 
We invite you to attend a series of lectures celebrating Black History Month. On Tuesday nights during the month of February, from 6-7:30 pm, guest speakers will be discussing different subjects relating to Blacks in Southern Illinois, African American Culture, Race and Media, African American Literature. Please join us for these informative lectures and discussion panels, which are designed to build awareness and understanding throughout the Carbondale community. 
  • February 4: Local African American civic leaders, including Milton McDaniel and Melvin "Pepper" Holder, will discuss their experiences living in Carbondale and the changes they have seen take place. Among the topics will be the African American Museum of Southern Illinois, The Eurma C. Hayes Center, and the lives of these local leaders. This discussion panel will be followed by questions and comments from those in attendance. 
  • February 11: Dr. Novotny Lawrence will present a lecture dealing with race and media in America. Black stereotypes and misrepresentations have filled movies and television since the dawn of the media age. These distortions exploit and further contribute to misunderstandings by all races. Dr. Lawrence will help inform the public of the problems with these representations in hopes of cultivating media literacy. 
  • February 18: Father Joseph Brown and Dr. Robert Fox will discuss African American Literature. These distinguished scholars and writers will discuss aspects of African American Literature, including, poetry, fiction, as well as, other genres of writing. The lecture is designed to build an awareness in our community of African American writers and scholars.  
  • February 25: Dr. Leonard Gadzekpo will join Father Brown to examine Africana Studies. Recently, Southern Illinois University has developed a curriculum designed and “dedicated to the study of all aspects of the history and cultural traditions of African peoples, whether they live on the continent of Africa or elsewhere in the world.” These gentlemen will mediate a discussion in an effort to point out the strengths this curriculum provides.
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