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PR # 138 January 26, 2009


The public is invited to attend Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) celebration of Black History Month in February. The following events have been scheduled. All programs are free of charge and will be held at RVCC?s North Branch Campus, unless noted otherwise.

Thursday, February 5, 12-1:30 p.m., RVCC Conference Center, Opening Day Program: The event will feature a keynote presentation based on Black History Month?s 2009 national theme: ?The Quest for Black Citizenship in the Americas.? The program will explore the trials, tribulations and triumphs of blacks in the Americas and the significance of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The NAACP?s centennial is an occasion to highlight the problem of race and citizenship in American history, from the experiences of free blacks in a land of slavery to the political aspirations of African Americans today. The centennial also provides an opportunity to explore the history of other nations in the Americas, where former slaves also sought citizenship. The program will include inspirational music; live entertainment; student presentations; vendors showcasing African art, jewelry and clothing; and refreshments. The event is co-sponsored by RVCC?s Office of Student Life & Civic Engagement and the Student Government Association.

Tuesday, February 10, 12-1:30 p.m., Atrium, Robeson Institute Lecture by Dr. Clement Alexander Price: In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the US abolition of the slave trade, Dr. Price will discuss ?The Transatlantic Slave Trade and its Impact on United States History, Culture and Economics.? Dr. Price is a Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor of History and Director of the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience at Rutgers University, Newark Campus. A leading authority on the history of blacks in New Jersey, Dr. Price is the author of Freedom Not Far Distant: A Documentary History of Afro-Americans in New Jersey (1980).

Dr. Price has been the recipient of many awards for academic and community service, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Local Initiatives Support Corporation, New Jersey (2008), and New Jersey Professor of the Year by The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (1999). He has served as a trustee of the Urban Libraries Council and the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, as well as president of the Newark Public Schools Foundation. In April 2008 he became a member of the New Jersey State Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. Dr. Price also chaired President Barack Obama?s transition team for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). The Keynote Presentation is sponsored by RVCC?s Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice.

Tuesday, February 17, 12-1:30 p.m., RVCC Conference Center, ?Black Reparations in the Age of Obama: Pass?, Preposterous or Proper??: The open panel discussion is being presented by Professor Sam E. Anderson, an educator, activist, motivational speaker and author. Professor Anderson was one of the founding members of the Black Panther Party, as well as an activist with the Student Nonviolent Committee (SNCC) and the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s. He has also worked with the anti-apartheid movement and for various African Liberation struggles. He is currently involved with national and international education consulting work that focuses on developing Africa Diaspora?s math and science curriculum. Professor Anderson will discuss his book, The Black Holocaust for Beginners , and will hold a book signing following the program. This event is sponsored by RVCC?s Philosophy Club.

Friday, February 20, 6-11 p.m., DRUMLine Live at New Brunswick?s State Theatre: The stage show is based on the marching band tradition established by Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Incorporating original compositions and soul-infused interpretations of top-40 hits, the performances range from colorful, choreographed routines to heavy doses of drum riffs and cadences. The new attraction was created by the musical team behind the hit movie, Drumline . Dinner and transportation to the State Theatre will be included in the price. Tickets cost $50 each, with reduced prices for RVCC students and staff. Call 908-218-8873 to order tickets. The event is sponsored by RVCC?s Club Unity.

Tuesday, February 24, 12-1:30 p.m., Welpe Theatre, Closing Program ? ?King?s Dream?: The live concert multimedia presentation on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement addresses issues of diversity, nonviolence, tolerance and peace awareness. Through the use of live narrative and archival film footage, viewers will relive the events that occurred during America?s turbulent '60s. The event, presented by Key Arts Productions, will feature live musical performances. This program will also include vendors showcasing African art, jewelry and clothing, as well as refreshments. This program is co-sponsored by the Office of Student Life & Civic Engagement and the Student Government Association.

For further information about RVCC?s Black History Month programs, visit www.raritanval.edu or contact Alaysha M. Walker, Black History Month chairperson, 908-526-1200, ext. 8274. Area vendors are also being sought and should call the above number to register.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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