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Celebration of Black Studies Program 50th Anniversary

Kicking off the celebration will be a performance by the dance group, Maxine Simpson’s Jazzy Ladies and Gents Line Dance Group at 6 p.m.

At 6:30 p.m., the IU Northwest Black Student Union will present an award to IU Southeast Chancellor Emeritus F.C. Richardson. Previously the Dean of the College of Arts and Science at IU Northwest, Richardson was instrumental in the creation of the Black Studies degree program at IU Northwest.

At 7 p.m., Abdul Alkalimat, will take the stage as keynote speaker. Alkalimat (Ph.D., University of Chicago) is an emeritus professor of African American Studies and Information Science at the University of Illinois, and guest professor at Renmin University in Beijing, China. As a founder of Black Studies, he wrote the first textbook Introduction to Afro-American Studies (1973) on display at the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History. Born in Chicago, he has held leadership positions in both professional and activist organizations. His most recent books are The Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in 1960s Chicago (2017), and Black Toledo: A Documentary History of the African American Experience in Toledo Ohio (2018). For more information about Alkalimat, visit his website at alkalimat.org.

At 8 p.m., Alkalimat will answer questions from the audience, followed by a reception, which will conclude by 9 p.m.

Monday February 04, 2019 06:00 PM
Monday February 04, 2019 09:00 PM
Bruce W. Bergland Auditorium, Savannah Center
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Dept. of Minority Studies, Black Student Union, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs