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Union to host Black History Month program

Camille Searcy will speak at Union's first Black History Month program Feb. 23.
Camille Searcy will speak at Union's first Black History Month program Feb. 23.

JACKSON, Tenn.Feb. 19, 2007 – Union University education professor Camille Searcy will be the keynote speaker for Union’s first Black History Month program Feb. 23.

Searcy will examine the educational philosophies of prominent educators W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington. The national theme for Black History Month is “From Slavery to Freedom: The Story of Africans in the Americas.”

“It is our hope that this historical event will not only enlighten the Union community about the significant contributions of African Americans throughout history, but also we hope that it will encourage a genuine appreciation for those contributions,” said Jacque Taylor, Union’s assistant dean of students and director of career services. “We hope that the entire community will gain knowledge and understanding of what these two men have meant, holistically, to American education, and especially to African American education.”

In addition to Searcy’s address, the event will feature music by Union vocal group Proclamation and guest soloists Patricia Porter and Stephanie Clark. Five Union students will also do biographical sketches on key African American figures.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. in the Coburn Dining Hall, located in the Barefoot Student Union Building on Union’s campus. Seating is limited, so those attending should make reservations by Feb. 21 at noon.

For more information, or to make reservations, call (731) 661-5316 or (731) 661-5421.

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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