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Citadel News Service

For Release
Feb. 26, 2004

Black History Month Symposium: Brown v. Board, 50 years later
African American Studies at The Citadel

The Citadel to launch African American Studies program

          Due in part to the overwhelming success of today's Black History Month symposium, The Citadel will launch in the fall of 2004 a degree program with special emphasis on African Americans.

          The 15-hour minor in African American Studies is designed to encourage an appreciation for the contributions of people of African descent and emphasize the importance of diversity to the Corps of Cadets and the surrounding community. Through the interdisciplinary study of history, politics, English, sociology and culture, the program aims to highlight the significance of race, gender and ethnicity in American history while promoting excellence in teaching, research, community service and traditions in leadership.

          "We want to prepare students to think critically, to express themselves creatively, and to respect cultural and gender diversity," said history professor Marcus Cox, who spearheaded the program's development. "Along with that we want to encourage faculty to share their expertise with the community and to maintain a community service component that intellectual, cultural and spiritual growth of The Citadel and the community."

          Course work will include South Carolina and Southern history, the civil rights movement, African American literature, 20th century Southern literature, constitutional law, cultural anthropology and minority group relations.

          A key part of the program will be the African American Studies Community Outreach Initiative, which will serve as a channel for student, faculty, and staff involvement with the community and surrounding area. Outreach initiatives will include community meetings, conferences, workshops, fund raising and a speakers' bureau.

          "We hope these efforts will promote communication between The Citadel and the community as well as enhance The Citadel's visibility in the surrounding area by building and sustaining relationships between The Citadel and the community," Cox said.

          For more information about the African American Studies program, contact Marcus Cox at 843-953-4857.

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