Black History Month Activities Begin Today with MLK Celebration

Posted: January 31, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Jeremy Lasich

George Mason commemorates Black History Month throughout February with a series of lectures, films, performances, and special events at the Fairfax Campus. “The Color Line Revisited: Is Racism Dead?” is the theme of this year’s celebration.

Activities begin today at 12:50 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium with a symbolic march and prelude to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, “Ordinary People, Extraordinary Stories: Freedom Through Education.” The event starts at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center’s Sid and Reva Dewberry Hall, and Marilyn Mobley McKenzie, interim director of the African American studies program, narrates the program. Guest speakers include community activists Elinor Des Verney Sinnette; Calvin Sinnette, who worked with Malcolm X in developing educational programs; and Calvin Green. Musical selections are performed by the George Mason Gospel Choir.

On Friday, Feb. 1, a Read-In Birthday Celebration features audio and video excerpts of interviews with Langston Hughes and offers an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to read their favorite poems and passages of Hughes’ work. The program is held in the Johnson Center, Room 240, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Other activities during the month include the annual W.E.B Dubois Lecture, a celebration of the African diaspora, a karaoke and dance contest, the 2002 Homecoming step show, a soul food lunch, and several movie showings. For more information and a full listing of events, call the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at x32700.

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