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Black History Month festivities

February 14, 2008 Leave a comment Go to comments
Evan Falk/The IthacanJohn Rawlins, an assistant director in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, puts a sign on the African-Latino Society board yesterday. Rawlins said he hopes Black History Month will attract a large audience. Evan Falk/The Ithacan




College holds Black History Month festivities

Staff Writer |
Black History Month is a time to honor the culture and history of African Americans. But junior Cornell Woodson said the celebration should not be restricted because of race or background.“Even if you’re not African American, you can celebrate someone else’s culture,” he said. “And even as an African-American, you can celebrate someone else’s culture. [We should] bring more unity to our campus through our differences.”John Rawlins, assistant director of the Ithaca Achievement Program in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, said he and his staff have worked with the African Latino Society (ALS) and other student organizations to attract different audiences to this month’s events.

“Black history and black culture give us the opportunity to learn,” he said. “It’s very important  and it’s very vital that we take time to recognize diversity and learn about other cultures.”

The college is celebrating the month with a series of events including speakers, musical performances and film screenings. The month began with the ALS flag raising ceremony on Feb. 1 and a film screening of “What Black Men Think” on

Feb. 7. On Tuesday, the LGBT Resource Center will sponsor a showing of the film “How Do I Look.”

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