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Juniata Sets Black History Month Events

(Posted February 12, 2002)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Juniata College has scheduled a full slate of speakers, films and events for Black History Month, including a lecture on understanding prejudice by Terrell Jones, vice provost at Penn State University, at 7:30 p.m. Feb 18 in 402 Good Hall.

All the events listed below are free and open to the public.

--Feb. 10: The documentary film "Scottsboro Boys" will be screened at 3:30 p.m. in 402 Good Hall. The film documents the 1930s case surrounding a series of trials held as the result of the arrest of nine young black men who were charged with raping two white women.

--Feb. 14: The film "Faat-Kine" will be shown at 8:15 p.m. in Alumni Hall in the Brumbaugh Science Center. This 2000 film from Senegal features the life of a modern woman who deals with the issues of women's rights in a postcolonial society in the country's capital, Dakar.

--Feb. 17: The feature-length 1997 docudrama "Miss Evers' Boys" tells the story of a federal government medical study that began in 1932. It will be screened at 3:30 p.m. in 402 Good Hall. Known as the Tuskegee Study of Untreated Blacks with Syphilis, the medical project selected 412 men infected with the disease and observed the results of not treating the disease over a 40-year period. Alfre Woodard stars as the nurse who treated the men in the study. Joe Morton and Laurence Fishburne co-star.

--Feb. 18: Terrell Jones, vice provost at Penn State, will speak on "Understanding and Reducing Prejudice" at 7:30 p.m. in 402 Good Hall. Jones is responsible for Penn State's strategic planning on diversity issues and is in charge of implementing the university's diversity strategic plan.

--Feb. 19: A 1999 documentary film outlining the history and influence of black-owned newspapers, "The Black Press," will be shown at 4 p.m. in 402 Good Hall. The film profiles the pioneering founders of newspapers created for African-American readers and shows how these papers played a role in shaping American culture.

--Feb. 20: The 1989 feature film "Glory," shown at 7 p.m. in 402 Good Hall, tells the story of the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black company founded during the Civil War. Denzel Washington won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film. Matthew Broderick plays Robert Shaw, a Boston patrician who led the 54th in a historic assault on a Confederate stronghold.

--Feb. 22: Juniata students will stage readings of literature by African-American authors and writers of African descent in "Lift Ev'ry Voice" at 8 p.m. in the ballroom of Ellis College Center.

--Feb. 24: The feature film "Once Upon a Time ... When We Were Colored," shown at 3:30 p.m. in 402 Good Hall, recreates the life and boundaries of a black community in the rural South from the end of World War II to the early years of the civil rights movement. The film was directed by Tim Reid, noted for his television acting in "WKRP in Cincinnati" and "Frank's Place."

--Feb. 27: The documentary film "Tongues Untied," directed by Marlon Riggs will be screened at 4 p.m. in 402 Good Hall. The film celebrates the culture of gay black men as told through the experience of Riggs and other narrators.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.