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PR # 136 January 25, 2008

RVCC SETS PROGRAM ON ?HARLEM IN THE 1920S? AS PART OF BLACK HISTORY MONTH CELEBRATION

Raritan Valley Community College?s (RVCC) celebration of Black History Month in February will include a special program on ?The Age of the New Negro: Harlem in the 1920s,? Tuesday, February 19, noon-1 p.m.

The event will feature a keynote presentation by Dr. Larry Hogan, professor of History at Union County College. It will be held in the Robeson Center, located in the Evelyn S. Field Library, on the College?s North Branch Campus.

Sponsored by the Paul Robeson Institute for Ethics, Leadership and Social Justice at RVCC, the program will be repeated on February 19, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., in the RVCC Franklin Center (630 Franklin Boulevard, Somerset).

?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.

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.

This year?s Black History Month theme is ?Carter G. Woodson and the Origins of Multiculturalism.? For further information about this and other Black History Month programs at RVCC, 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. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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