Carnegie Mellon Press Release: February 5, 2004
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Teresa Thomas

For immediate release:
February 5, 2004

Carnegie Mellon University Announces Black History Month Events, Speakers

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon will be hosting a series of events, lectures and art exhibits on campus throughout the month of February 2004 in celebration of Black History Month. Events include:

Out of the Scrap Bin Exhibit, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. February 17-27:
Elizabeth Asche Douglas's exhibit "Out of the Scrap Bin" will be on display 10 a.m.-5 p.m. February 17-27 in the University Center Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held for the exhibit 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, February 17.

Negro League History Lecture, 6:30-8 p.m. February 17:
Sean Gibson, great-grandson of legendary baseball player Josh Gibson, will be presenting "Negro Baseball League History Featuring Josh Gibson" 6:30-8 p.m. February 17 in the Connan Room, University Center. Gibson hopes to preserve the memory of his great-grandfather and the Negro Leagues. The goal of the Josh Gibson organizations is to provide youth with greater access to education resources, scholarships, support services and training.

Astronaut Mae C. Jemison Lecture, 4:30-6 p.m. February 18:
Astronaut Mae C. Jemison will be lecturing on "From Africa to Outer Space: Exploring the Frontiers of Science and Human Potential," 4:30-6 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, in McConomy Auditorium of the University Center. A reception will follow the lecture in the Schatz Dining Room. Jemison, the first African-American woman to go into space, is now founder and president of two technology companies among many other accomplishments. Tickets are free and will be available for Carnegie Mellon students, faculty and staff beginning Monday, February 16, at the University Center Information Desk. All others may get tickets at the door.

Genealogy Workshop, 12:30-1:30 p.m. February 19:
The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society will host a Genealogy Workshop 12:30-1:30 p.m. Thursday, February 19, in the Connan Room of the University Center. The session will be led by Vicki Betsill & Barbara Minor.

Drum and Dance Performance, 6-7 p.m. February 26:
ReSunSum African Drum and Dance Performance will take place 6-7 p.m. Thursday, February 26, in McConomy Auditorium of the University Center.

Jazz Club Night, 7-9 p.m. February 27:
The Jazz Club Night with saxophone player and jazz musician Kenny Blake is a performance and open jam session, 7-9 p.m. Friday, February 27, in Rangos Ballroom of the University Center.

For more information on the Black History Month events at Carnegie Mellon, please contact Emily Half at 412-268-2075 or by email at

By Jennifer Miller, MAPW


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