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UCR hosts Black History Month meetings

UCR hosts Black History Month meetings

(February 13, 2001)

Several town-hall meetings that touch on issues concerning the African-American community are scheduled this month as part of black history month at the University of California, Riverside.

The meetings run from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Department of Ethnic Studies, the African Student Programs, and Gender, Education and Resource Services at UCR sponsor the gatherings. Questions and comments from the audience will be taken at each event. The continuing schedule includes:
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20: California Congresswoman Maxine Waters is scheduled to speak at Bourns Hall, room B-118. Her speech is titled, "Election 2000 Disenfranchisement."
  • Monday, Feb. 26: Two speakers are scheduled at Bourns Hall, Room B-118. Lige Dailey, a contributing author of the book "Prison Masculinities," and Melvin Farmer, author of the book "The New Slave Ships," will speak on the theme of "Africans in the U.S. Prison Industrial Complex."
  • Monday, March 5: California State University, Long Beach black studies professor Maulana Karenga will speak on "The Status of Ethnic Studies at UCR, the State and the Nation," at Bourns Hall, room B-118. Karenga is a creator of the Kwanzaa holiday and chair of the national Association of Kawaida Organizations.

For more information about these events, call the African Student Programs office at (909) 787-4576. Maps and directions to events are available at UCR information kiosks located at the University Avenue and the Canyon Crest Drive campus entrances, or on the campus web site Visitor parking for events after 4 p.m. costs $3 per vehicle.

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