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PR # 134 January 24, 2008


The public is invited to attend Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) celebration of Black History Month in February. This year?s theme is ?Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism.? The following events have been scheduled at RVCC?s North Branch Campus unless noted otherwise:

Thursday, February 7, noon-1:30 p.m., Opening Day Program/Keynote Presentation by Dr. Lenworth Gunther, Atrium: Dr. Gunther will speak on Black History Month?s national theme: ?Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism.? Dr. Gunther is an historian, author, motivational speaker and educator who has taught African, Caribbean and African-American studies and public speaking for 35 years at colleges and universities throughout New Jersey. Dr. Gunther regularly appears on radio and television and from 1986-2006 produced and hosted a cable television talk show, Impact. He is also the founder and owner of The Gunther Group, an educational consulting business. As a motivational speaker he has addressed educational, corporate, government and law enforcement groups throughout the world

Tuesday, February 12, noon-1:30 p.m., a ?Taste of Soul? Scholarship Luncheon, Conference Center: The luncheon will feature authentic cuisine from African, African-American and Caribbean cultures. The program also will include an African Art and Jewelry Exhibit by Art B?Jeweled; a Black History Trivia Game; and a video presentation on the history of soul food, given by the National Council of Negro Women. The event is sponsored by A-TaylorD Affaire, LLC. Tickets cost $6. Proceeds from the luncheon will benefit the Offie R. Dennis Memorial Scholarship Fund at the College.

Tuesday, February 19, noon-1 p.m., Robeson Center (Evelyn S. Field Library); 2:30-3:30 p.m., RVCC?s Franklin Center (630 Franklin Boulevard, Somerset), Keynote Presentation by Professor Larry Hogan: Dr. Hogan is professor of History at Union County College. The presentation, ?The Age of the New Negro: Harlem in the 1920s,? will focus on the great literary, political and sports figures (including Langston Hughes and Paul Robeson) and institutions that comprise what historians refer to as the ?Harlem Renaissance.? The 1920s were the first decade to experience the effects of the great migration of blacks from the rural South to the urban North. The period witnessed a literary, cultural, sports, entertainment and political renaissance among African-Americans who were exploring their history for identity affirmation. The program is sponsored by The Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice at RVCC. (This program is offered through the Horizons Speakers Bureau of the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Tuesday, February 26, noon-1:30 p.m., Closing Program, Welpe Theatre: The event, ?A Road to Freedom,? will feature a live multimedia concert and presentation by Key Arts Productions. The multimedia experience, featuring musical performances, brings to life the story of the crusaders for civil rights and social equality, including Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass and Rosa Parks.

Friday, February 29, 7-11 p.m., ?I Love the 80?s? Flashback Party, Conference Center: Sponsored by RVCC?s Club Unity, the event will feature music hosted by Somerset County?s hottest DJs, GQ Duo. Tickets cost $6 each or 2 for $10.

For further information about Black History Month programs, visit www.raritanval.edu or contact Student Activities, 908-526-1200, ext. 8274.

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for close to 40 years, offers more than 80 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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