RVC plans Black History Month activities

February is Black History Month, and Rock Valley College (RVC) has a number of special events planned. Highlighting the month are speakers Dr. Angela Davis Feb. 24 and Dr. Jawana Kunjufu Feb. 25.

Dr. Angela Davis

Friday, Feb. 24, Dr. Angela Davis, a political activist, professor and author, will present a lecture at 7 p.m. at the RVC Student Center Atrium.

Davis’ political activism began as a youth in Birmingham, Ala. In 1969, she came to national attention after being removed from her teaching position at UCLA as a result of her social activism and membership in the Communist Party, USA.

In 1970, she was placed on the FBI Ten Most Wanted List on false charges, and was the subject of an intense police search that drove her underground and culminated in one of the most famous trials in recent history. A massive “Free Angela Davis” campaign led to her acquittal in 1972.

Later, she co-founded the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression. She has lectured in all 50 states, as well as in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the former Soviet Union. She is the author of five books.

Tickets for students are $3 if purchased in advance, $5 at the door. The lecture will be followed by a reception and book signing. It is sponsored by the RVC Student Commission.

Dr. Jawana Kunjufu

Dr. Jawana Kunjufu, an educator, professor and author, will present a lecture, free of charge, in the RVC Performing Arts Room (lower level, Educational Resource Center), Saturday, Feb. 25, from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and then again from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Dr. Kunjufu is constantly on the lecture circuit with more than 30 different workshops, addressing students, parents, teachers and community residents, in pre-schools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges and churches. He is the author of 22 books. His inspiring lectures address topics such as black male-female relationship solutions, critical concerns in child-raising—particularly the black male child, an economic solution for the black community and spiritual motivation. This lecture is sponsored by RVC Upward Bound.

For information about any Black History Month event, call (815) 921-4180.

From the Feb. 22-28, 2006, issue

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