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Exciting celebrations of Black History month planned at IU Northwest

IU Northwest will join in a nation wide, month-long celebration recognizing African Americans who have contributed to our society. Black History Month was created in 1915 by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, leader of A.S.A.L.H. (Association for the Study of African American Life and History). The theme for 2006 is Celebrating Community: A Tribute to Black Fraternal, Social, and Civic Intuitions. In its efforts to promote diversity and honor contributions from the community, IU Northwest will host the following events:

February 2
Landon Turner
Former IU basketball star
Savannah Center Bookstore and Gym, 5-7 p.m.

Landon Turner will be here at the IU Northwest Redhawks vs. Moody Bible menís college basketball game to sign copies of his new book Landon Turnerís Tales from the 1980-í81 Indiana Hoosiers. Game tip off is at 7 pm and during half time Turner will give remarks. For more information, contact Susan Schaefer at the I U Bookstore at (219) 980-6895 or email at

February 8
Shoshana Johnson
POW of Iraqi War
Freedom Isnít Free
Tamarack Auditorium, 5:30Ė9 p.m.

The first female POW of Operation Iraqi Freedom and the first black female POW in U.S. history will discuss her experience in Iraq, her capture, and life after her return home. For more information, contact Multicultural Affairs at (219) 980-6763 or email at

February 15
African Heritage Program
Savannah Center, room 206/206, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
The Office of Diversity and Equity hosts a monthly Brown Bag Lunch Program. This month will highlight African heritage. The presentation generally includes videos, speakers, and an open discussion. For more information, contact the ODE (219)980-6705 or email at

February 23
Afeni Shakur
Actress/Activist, (mother of Tupac Shakur, rap artist)
Tamarack Hall Theatre, 7-10 p.m.

Afeni Shakur will speak about her new biography Portrait of a Revolutionary. For more information, contact Earl Jones (219) 980-6704 or email at

All Black History Month events are free and open to the public. For more information contact Jennifer Potter in the Office of Diversity and Equity (ODE) at IU Northwest at (219) 980-6705 or email at To see a complete listing of events sponsored by the ODE for spring 2006, visit




Media Contact:

Michelle Searer

Program Contact:

Jennifer Potter

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