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Hartnell College Plans Events to Commemorate Black History Month

February 11th, 2004

Workshops, a panel discussion, a film and a play will be presented at Hartnell College in February to commemorate Black History Month.

All of the events are open to the public, and most are free, according to Irene Rasmussen, Hartnell's student activities coordinator. She said Hartnell annually celebrates Black History Month to spotlight the achievements of African Americans and Hartnell's commitment to ethnic diversity.

Here are some of the month's events:
Wednesday, Feb. 18-Panel discussion/lunch, "Brown vs. Board of Education," the Supreme Court's landmark decision in 1954 that ruled in favor of school integration, 11 a.m., Steinbeck Hall, College Center. The facilitator will be Hartnell President Edward J. Valeau. Panelists will be Helen Rucker, Seaside educator and community leader; Betty Lusk, principal of Seaside High School; Warner Davis, former Hartnell instructor; and Warren Edmonds, Hartnell computer science instructor. Tickets for lunch are $1 for students and $3 for community members. They are available at the cashier's office, located in the Classroom/Administration Building (CAB).

Monday, Feb. 23, Wednesday, Feb. 25, and Friday, Feb. 27-Film presentation, "Do the Right Thing," by Spike Lee, noon, Performing Arts Building, room 125. The facilitator will be Ron Waddy, Hartnell English and film appreciation instructor.

Thursday, Feb. 26-Workshop, "Historical Contributions of African Americans," by Maurice Murray, a former Hartnell student who is majoring in sociology at San Jose State University, 11 a.m., College Center, room 116.

Friday, Feb. 27-Workshop, "Media's Effect on Our Youth," 2 p.m., College Center, room 116, by Colored Ink, a Bay Area hip-hop theater group; Reception for Colored Ink, 4 p.m., Steinbeck Hall, College Center; Play, "Wake Up, Wake Up," by Colored Ink, 6:30 p.m., Main Theater, Performing Arts Building.

Black History Month events are sponsored by the college's Associated Students and the United Black Students and Associates, a campus organization.

For more information, contact Irene Rasmussen at (831) 755-6825.