Events Planned To Celebrate Black History Month

Boston College will celebrate Black History Month with several public events, including lectures by scholar and author Asa Hilliard, economist Julianne Malveaux '74, and former Negro League baseball star "Buck" O'Neil.

On Feb. 4, there will be a showing of the acclaimed film "Sankofa," directed by Ethiopian native Haile Gerima, at 7 p.m. in Fulton 511.

The Black Student Forum will sponsor the appearance by O'Neil, who played with the Kansas City Monarchs and was featured in the 1994 Ken Burns documentary "Baseball," on Feb. 10. The BSF, which can be reached at ext. 2-3509, will announce the time and location shortly.

Hilliard will present "Africans in Antiquity" on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 4 p.m. in Robsham Theater. He is the Fuller Callaway Professor of Urban Education at Georgia State University, and has served on the faculties of the University of Denver and San Francisco State University. Hilliard is the author of numerous technical papers, articles and books on testing, ancient African history, teaching strategies, public policies, cultural styles, and child growth and development. He published his most recent book The Maroon Within Us: Selected Essays on African-American Socialization in 1996.

At 7:30 p.m. that day, the film "As I Remember It: A Portrait of Dorothy West," an acclaimed documentary on the Wellesley College professor of fine arts, will be shown in Higgins 307. The film is part of month-long weekly series and is sponsored by the Film Studies, Black Studies and Women's Studies programs, and organized by Prof. John Michalczyk (Fine Arts), to coincide with the new McMullen Museum of Art exhibit "Original Visions: Shifting the Paradigm, Women's Art 1970-1996."

Malveaux, a nationally syndicated columnist and frequent television commentator, will present a lecture on affirmative action on Feb. 19. The Black Student Forum is sponsoring the event, at a time and location to be announced.

On Feb. 19 and 26, Boston College graduate students will present and discuss their research as part of the Grow Your Own, or GYRO Project. Conceived by the Office for Affirmative Action, the project offers encouragement to African-American graduate students pursuing academic careers. Times and locations for the presentations will be announced at a later date.

-Sean Smith

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