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02/01/94

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Stanford activities to mark Black Liberation Month

STANFORD -- "Celebrating Black Minds: Innovators from Our Ancestors to Our Children" will be the theme of 1994 Black Liberation Month activities Feb. 3-26 at Stanford University.

In past years, Stanford organizers brought in notable speakers from outside the campus community. But this year, according to literature from Stanford's Black Community Services Center, "the focus has been redirected to acknowledge the accomplishments of those nearer to us."

The month will kick off with a free public "Celebration of Black Liberation" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 3, in Kresge Auditorium. Keynote speakers will be the Rev. Floyd Thompkins Jr., associate dean of Stanford Memorial Church, and Stanford students A.J. Robinson and Jamell Walker, co-founders of the job training program Students Offering Alternative Realities. Local elementary and high school students also will speak.

Among other free public programs scheduled for the month:

  • Imam W. Deen Mohammed speaking on "The African American Experience in Al-Islam" at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, in Kresge Auditorium. The presentation is co-sponsored by the Muslim Student Awareness Network and the East Palo Alto Islam Propagation Center.
  • Hiding Out, a one-woman stage production by East Palo Alto Theater artist h. Teirrah McNair, which dramatizes the lives of three women "who are developing, running from or hindering their relationship with God." 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
  • Oriki Theater Production, featuring a fashion show chronicling the history of African people from ancient times to the present. 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
  • "Gospel Extravaganza," the third annual inspirational event featuring entertainment by Bay Area gospel choirs as well as the Stanford Gospel Choir. The program will be hosted by Janice Edwards of KBHK's Black Renaissance program. 7 p.m. Sunday. Feb. 20, in Dinkelspiel Auditorium.
  • "Clinton and South Africa: A New Policy?" a lecture by Margaret Lee, visiting scholar at the Center for African Studies. Noon, Wednesday, Feb. 23, Bechtel International Center Assembly Room.

Other activities during the month will include an exhibit on the history of black women physicians in the Medical School's Fairchild Auditorium, an exhibit of African American art at Tresidder Union, a jazz concert, films, soul food dinner and career workshop.

For more information, contact the Black Community Services Center at Stanford, (415) 723-1587.

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