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Virginia Tech celebrates Black History Month with cultural events, speakers


BLACKSBURG, Va., Jan. 24, 2011 – Join the Virginia Tech community as it celebrates Black History Month 2011 with the theme "African Americans and the Civil War." 

Events are currently under way and continue through Monday, Feb. 28.

Among the highlights of the six-week celebration is a presentation by Kenneth B. Morris Jr., direct descendent of both abolitionist Frederick Douglass and civil rights leader Booker T. Washington. He is president of the Frederick Douglass Family Foundation, which preserves Douglass’ legacy and creates awareness about modern-day slavery worldwide. The lecture will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8 in Squires Student Center’s Colonial Hall, followed by a reception in the Williamsburg Room. This event, sponsored by Virginia Tech’s Black Organizations Council and the Black Student Alliance, is free and open to the public.

Other events planned throughout the month include a variety of cultural and ethnic presentations, programs that explore the history of blacks in America, a Black History Month Leadership poster display in Squires Student Center, and the Brotherman Art Show in the Squires Perspective Gallery. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

A complete list of events at Virginia Tech can be found at Multicultural Programs and Services in 150 Squires Student Center or at (540) 231-6023.

For weekday events before 5 p.m., parking is available with a visitor’s pass in the Squires Lot, located at the corner of College Avenue and Otey Street, or the Shultz Hall Lot, located off Alumni Drive near the North Main Street campus entrance. Parking meters within the Squires Lot will need to be paid. A visitor’s pass may be obtained Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Visitor Information Center, located on Southgate Drive. For events after 5 p.m. or on weekends, free parking is available in the Squires Lot or the Shultz Hall Lot. Find more parking information online or call (540) 231-3200.

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