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IU Northwest celebrates Black History Month

Indiana University Northwest's Diversity Programming Group, Department of Minority Studies in cooperation with the Black History Month Committee, are delivering a series of lectures and performances for Black History Month beginning in January and extending through to March.

The series kicked-off with Maggie Brownís Legacy: Our Wealth of Music. Brown delivered a musical and storytelling presentation on the history of African American music from African rhythms to contemporary rap on Wednesday, January 16 at IU Northwest.

Frank DeBose, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is currently exhibiting his work on Africans & African Americans entitled History Revealed in Art from Friday, January 11, 2002 to Friday, March 1, 2002 outside IUNís Gallery for Contemporary Art in the Savannah Center. A lecture and opening reception will be held on Wednesday, January 30, 2002 from noon to 2:00 p.m. in IUNís Gallery for Contemporary Art.

This yearís major event features Randall Robinson author of The Debt and his latest book a memoir Defending the Spirit. Robinson founded TransAfrica in 1977 as a lobby group dedicated to promoting more progressive U.S. foreign policy positions in Africa and the Caribbean. He was a major architect of the

anti-apartheid movement in the United States. Robinson, a dedicated leader of progressive education & civil rights, will discuss why African Americans are owed reparations for slavery on Tuesday, February 5, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in IUNís Tamarack Auditorium.

Capoeria: Afro-Brazilian Martial Arts, a demonstration of this unique form of martial arts. Capoeira weaves fighting, music, dance, and rituals into a strategy by which people live, struggle, celebrate, and survive together. Its roots are embedded in the African slavery history of Brazil in the 1800ís. The art form arose from the pressures of injustice and oppression, as slaves were forced to learn how to defend themselves, disguising their techniques within the charade of dance. Wednesday, February 13, 2002, 7:00 p.m. in the Savannah Center Gymnasium

AíLelia Bundles, Madame C.J. Walkerís great-great granddaughter and author, discusses Walkerís life from a child of slavery in Mississippi to establishing a million dollar hair care business in the early 20th century, headquartered in Indianapolis. Bundlesí discussion of Own Her Own: The Life & Times of Madame C.J. Walker will take place on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 7:00 p.m. in IUNís Savannah Center Auditorium.

For more information, please contact IUN at (219) 980-6629 or



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