Lehman College to Host Events for Black History Month

Lehman College will host a series of free events for Black History Month, including the College’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture on Tuesday, February 26, which will feature Bronx District Attorney Robert T. Johnson as the keynote speaker. The talk, which is open to the public, will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre.

A native New Yorker, Johnson is the first African-American district attorney in the history of New York State. He has served the Bronx for more than 20 years and is committed to community improvement through drug rehabilitation, community outreach and crime prevention. A graduate of City College, he received his law degree from New York University School of Law.

Other free events open to the public include a presentation on Wednesday, February 13, by members of the elite Tuskegee Airmen military unit, who will discuss their experience during World War II. This event will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in the Music Building’s East Dining Room.

On Thursday, February 21, a variety show, entitled “Freedom Dreams: African American Artistic Insights, Past and Present,” will feature dance, poetry and the spoken word and include a performance by Thomas Sayers Ellis, recipient of the Whiting Writers’ Award in 2005 for poetry. This event will be held from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Lovinger Theatre.

The series will conclude on Wednesday, February 27, with the annual Student/Faculty Poetry Read-in, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Leonard Lief Library’s second floor Atrium. The readings will focus on black women in prose, poetry and song.

The series of events is cosponsored by the Lehman Department of African and African American Studies, the Women’s Studies Program, and the Office of Campus Life. For more information, call 718-960-8283.

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CONTACT: Jenniffer Efthymious 718-960-8516
jenniffer.efthymious@lehman.cuny.edu