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Performer to launch series on African-American slave trade

Performer to launch series on African-American slave trade

(January 5, 2001)

Performer, playwright, and Visiting Professor at New York University, Vinie Burrows, will speak at the University of California, Riverside on Friday, Jan. 19 about the scattering of West Africans through the slave trade in the Americas.

Her presentation, titled "Ceremony and Ritual: The African Diaspora," focuses on the Atlantic slave trade or middle passage to the Americas. The dramatic reading, scheduled for 3 p.m. at the humanities building room 1500, is free and open to the public.

Burrows' presentation kicks off a two-year program to increase awareness of the relationship between West Africa and blacks in the Americas. The History Department and the Center for Ideas and Society at UCR fund the program.

Organized by Sterling Stuckey, professor of history, the series reaches out "to all segments of the Riverside community." He said that adults and youths should benefit greatly from the Vinie Burrows dramatic re-creation of the scattering of Africans in the Americas via the slave trade. Stuckey has written extensively about slavery and the experience of Africans in America.

Burrows' career spans more than 5,000 performances over more than 5 decades to include theatre, both on and Off-Broadway; television; radio and film. She is a permanent delegate to the United Nations for the Women's International Democratic Federation, a non-governmental organization devoted to women's rights.

Maps and directions to the event are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances. Maps and directions to UCR can be found on the university's web site at Visitor parking costs up to $6 per vehicle.

For more information, call Professor Stuckey at (909) 787-5401, ext.1984 or his research assistant Jennifer Hildebrand at (909) 787-5401, ext. 1845.

Sponsored by the Ford Foundation through a grant to the Center for Ideas and Society.

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