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Concerts, Lectures Highlight Black History Month

Story posted February 15, 1998

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bowdoin College will celebrate Black History Month with performances by students and a visiting gospel choir; a series of lectures; and Wednesday-night films about the civil rights movement and racism. All events are open to the public free of charge.

The monthlong celebration was organized the African American Society, in conjunction with the Office of Student Activities and the Office of the President. Among the events will be a lecture on Monday, Feb. 23, by civil rights leader Judy Richardson at 7:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center.

Richardson was an associate producer for the Emmy- and Peabody-winning PBS series "Eyes on the Prize" and co-produced the documentary "Malcolm X: Make It Plain." As a staff member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee in the early 1960s, she worked throughout the South before founding the Drum & Spear Bookstore in Washington, D.C. in 1968. She has worked as an editor, radio host and educator and has lectured across the country.

Another highlight is a concert by The United World Outreach Praise Choir, based in the Bronx, N.Y. Members of the 25-member group will appear in Morrell Lounge, Smith Union, on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2 p.m. The choir, formed in 1978 at the United World Outreach Ministry, has performed throughout the East and won numerous gospel awards. Performing with the group will be Stephen Saxon '99, a music major who has played piano for the choir since 1995.

Other scheduled events are:

Wednesday, Feb. 11 - "Rosewood," Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center, 8 p.m. The 1997 film details the story of a black Florida town burned to the ground and its citizens murdered in 1923.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 - "Ghosts of Mississippi," Russwurm African-American Center, College Street, 8 p.m. The 1996 film explores the 1963 murder of civil rights leader Medgar Evers.

Thursday, Feb. 19 - Elaine Brown, Daggett Lounge, Wentworth Hall, 9 p.m. Brown, former head of the Black Panther party, will speak on racism, gender oppression and class. Brown is the author of "A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story" and founder of Field of Flowers Inc., which is developing an educational center for disadvantaged children.

Saturday, Feb. 21 - Black Arts Festival, Jack Magee's Pub, Smith Union, 8 p.m. Bowdoin College students perform music and poetry onstage.

Tuesday, Feb. 24 - Kathy Woods, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, 7:30 p.m. Woods will perform a one-woman show based on the life of Sojourner Truth, who after 29 years as a slave, became an outspoken leader in the rights of women and ex-slaves. Woods uses words and music to recall Truth's life story.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 - "Miss Evers' Boys," Beam Classroom, 8 p.m. A 1997 television movie that details U.S. experiments on the effects of syphilis on black men, that included intentionally infecting patients with the disease.

In conjunction with Black History Month, Bowdoin will host a performance by Real Live Poets on Friday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. in Pickard Theater. A New York City troupe, Real Live Poets will touch on ethnicity, culture, gender, class, generations, politics, consumerism, self-image, identity and current events. Cost is $4 with a Bowdoin ID and $8 to the public.

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