Public programs at Lourdes highlight African-American history month

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Sunday, 12 February 2012 04:00
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SYLVANIA—Lourdes University is hosting several events in honor of African-American History Month.

African-American Read-In
Feb. 15, 4:30 p.m.
Ebeid Student Center, Delp Hall
Sponsored by the Black Caucus of National Council of Teachers of English, Lourdes University is 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. Free and open to the public.

Lourdes University Celebration of Black History Month
Feb. 29, 5:30 p.m.
Franciscan Center
The Lourdes University annual Celebration of Black History Month features guest speaker the Honorable Judge Myron Duhart. Guest musical performances are offered by The Clarence Smith Community Chorus, the Lourdes University Chorus and Good Company Ensemble and area high school choirs. Call 419-824-3825 for more information. Free and open to the public.

Central Catholic

Lourdes University hosts a book discussion with author Kevin Hofmann. His book “Growing Up Black in White” addresses the issue of racial diversity and shares Mr. 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 the city to its knees, the author was taken to a foster home and then adopted by a white minister and his wife. In this memoir, Mr. 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. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required by emailing or prior to the discussion.

“I Have a Dream” Theater Vision presentation
March 5, 10 a.m.
Franciscan Center
The impact of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., is chronicled in this 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.

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