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Black History Month Events at UCR

Several Events to Commemorate Black History Scheduled

(February 11, 2003)

The Boys Choir of Harlem

The Boys Choir of Harlem

The University of California, Riverside is hosting events and activities that focus on the African-American experience to commemorate Black History Month. Events are free and open to the public unless otherwise indicated. Scheduled events include:

• Noon-1:30 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 12: Ralph Crowder, associate professor of ethnic studies at UC Riverside will give the first of three talks in the John H. Clark Lecture Series. Crowder’s talk is titled, “Street Scholars: The Contribution and Struggle of Self-Trained Black Historians and Stepladder Radicals, 1890-1960.” The African Student Programs sponsored event is scheduled for Terrace Room C behind the University Commons building. For more details, call African Student Programs at UC Riverside at (909) 787-4576.

• Thursday Feb. 13: Afrikan Student Alliance will be providing transportation to the Pan-African Film Festival in Los Angeles. The cost is $8.75 per person, plus the cost of dinner in Los Angeles. The film featured that day relate to the significance and transition of music from Africa to the Americas. For details about this Afrikan Student Alliance sponsored events, call (323) 683-6082 or send an email to

• 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 14: The Tenth Annual UC Riverside African Unity Day The annual event brings about 500 African American high school juniors and seniors for workshops on college admissions, financial aid and college life, as well as entertainment including traditional African dance, step shows and poetry. More information about this event is available from Malcolm Manual, UC Riverside office of Relations with Schools, (909) 787-3635.

• 8 p.m., Tuesday Feb. 18: UC Riverside Cultural Events presents The Boys Choir of Harlem at the Riverside Municipal Auditorium, 3485 Mission Inn Ave. For more information, call the auditorium box office at (909) 788-3944, or the UC Riverside Cultural Events box office at (909) 787-4331.

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 19: History Doctoral student and singer/storyteller Karen Wilson will speak on “Blues Women as Intellectuals” as part of the John H. Clark Lecture Series at the International Lounge at UC Riverside. Wilson’s stories and songs specialize in the music and history of African Americans and the African Diaspora that resulted from the slave trade. She sings in 13 languages ranging from Yoruba to Haitian Creole and her stories address the resolution of conflict, the building of community and the power of change. For details, call African Student Programs at (909) 787-4576.

• 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday Feb. 26: Paul Green, an assistant professor of education at the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, will speak on “The Role of Independent Black Educational Institutions” as part of the John H. Clark lecture series. Green’s lecture is scheduled for the International Lounge at the UC Riverside Commons. For more information, contact African Student Programs at (909) 787-4576.

Parking for events at UC Riverside costs $6 a day per vehicle or $2 on an hourly basis. Permits and parking directions are available at parking kiosks at campus entrances off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and off of University Avenue.

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