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Monday, February 6, 2012

Civil Rights Icon Ruby Bridges Speaking Tonight for Black History Month

Ruby Bridges, the social justice advocate and human rights icon, will give the keynote lecture for Old Dominion's Black History Month 2012.

Bridges, who faced incredible racism and discrimination as the first African American child to attend an all-white elementary school in the South, will speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 6, in the North Cafeteria of Webb Center. Her lecture is free and open to the public.

In his famous 1964 painting "The Problem We All Live With," Norman Rockwell depicted the 6-year-old Bridges on Nov. 14, 1960, as she was escorted by deputy marshals on her way to William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans.

For more information about the lecture, call the Office of Intercultural Relations at 3-4406.

The following Black History Month events are also scheduled this week:

• Tuesday, Feb. 7 – International Café: "Hot Buttons – The African Diaspora of Brazil," 12:30-2 p.m., Intercultural Center, 2114 Webb Center

Brazil is often viewed as an "anything goes" cultural environment. However, there are multiple types of cultural and legal prohibitions that don't exist in the U.S. This talk will illustrate a particular case of a clash of interests (religion, gender, class, race) resulting from a law proposed concerning Pagode music. Presenter: Samuel Coppage, associate professor of information technology at ODU

• Wednesday, Feb. 8 – Dance with African Caribbean Association, 7:30 p.m. to 2 a.m., North Cafeteria, Webb Center

Learn dances from Mapuka to Alanta.

• Thursday, Feb. 9 and Friday, Feb. 10 – "Tunnel of Oppression," 7-10 p.m., Webb Center. Sponsored by ODU's Office of Housing and Residence Life

This event raises awareness about systematic oppression that occurs in our society every day. Participants are led through a series of scenarios focusing on various topics, including but not limited to racism, socioeconomic inequality, body image issues, homophobia and campus violence.

• Thursday, Feb. 9 – "History of the N-word," 6-8 p.m., 102 Mills Godwin Jr. Building. Sponsored by ODU's Black Student Caucus

A screening of a documentary titled "The N-word," surrounding the evolution of the N-word in America, and featuring stars such as Whoopi Goldberg, Nia Long and Talib Kweli. A discussion moderated by Timothy Robinson, assistant professor of English at ODU, will follow.

• Friday, Feb. 10 – HIV testing, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hampton/Newport News Room, Webb Center. Sponsored by Student Health Services

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