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Citadel News Service

For Release
Jan. 14, 2004

Black History Month symposium to feature education

          The Citadel will mark the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that mandated desegregation of schools during Black History Month in February. "The 50th Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education: Assessing the Impact and Persisting Inequalities in Education" will be the focus of the month long celebration.

          "Fifty years after the landmark decision, Americans are still evaluating the consequences of the court case and pondering how to address persistent disparities in education that prohibit African American social advancement," said Citadel professor of history Marcus Cox. "We're proud to sponsor this opportunity to present such a distinguished panel of experts to students and the community."

          Two signature events will feature the new superintendent of Charleston County Schools and a distinguished panel of people instrumental in equal educational opportunities in South Carolina and the nation. All events are free and open to the public.

          Feb. 1 through 28 - An art and book exhibition by Gallery Chuma in Charleston will feature African American art and authors and will run through Feb. 28 in the Daniel Library.

          Feb. 7 - The Citadel African American Society will host a bazaar with food, live music, vendors, African American museum and intercollegiate Black History Quiz Bowl from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall auditorium.

          Feb. 12 - Maria Goodloe, superintendent of Charleston County Schools, will speak at 6:40 p.m. in Mark Clark Hall auditorium. Goodloe took over as head of the city's school district in 2003.

          Feb. 17 - The Righteous Blends and The Citadel Choir will perform gospel music at 6:30 p.m. in Summerall Chapel. This event is sponsored by The Friends of the Daniel Library.

          Feb. 19 - Citadel cadets, College of Graduate and Professional Studies students and college faculty and staff are invited to take a free tour of African America historic sites in Charleston. The two-hour tour departs from Mark Clark Hall at 1 p.m.

          Feb. 26 - "African American education in South Carolina: Past, Present and Future" is the title of a 6:30 p.m. symposium featuring a distinguished group of men and women who witnessed how the civil rights movement affected schools. Among them are Joseph Delaine Jr. and Beatrice Rivers, original plaintiffs in the landmark lawsuit Briggs v. Elliott, former South Carolina governor and U.S. Education Secretary in the Clinton administration, Richard W. Riley; civil rights attorney and U.S. District Court Judge Matthew Perry; and Lorin Anderson, distinguished professor of education at the University of South Carolina and expert witness in Abbeville County School District v. the State of South Carolina (1996). Claudia Brinson, staff writer at The State newspaper in Columbia, will moderate the symposium in the Holliday Alumni Center, 69 Hagood Ave.

          The Citadel Department of Multiculturalism and the School of Education are sponsors of Black History Month.





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