FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2007
Contact: K.E. Schwab -- 724-738-2199
Civil rights activist, noted editor headline Black History
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Bobby Seale, American civil rights
activist and former chairman of the Black Panther Party, and
Lee Jones, president and executive editor of InSpire
Magazine, will headline activities as Slippery Rock University
celebrates Black History Month.
Seale will present an address at 8 p.m. Feb. 7. Jones speaks about
"Earning Our Way" at 6 p.m. Feb. 6. Both lectures are in the
University Union. Seale's visit is sponsored by the SRU University
Program Board, with Jones' sponsored by SRU's Office of
according to Wikipedia, is best known for joining the late Huey
Newton in founding the Black Panthers in 1966 during the rise of
the civil rights movement. He joined the African American
Association in college and has said it inspired him to start the
Panthers, an organization that grew to some 5,000 members. He
became party chairman and was under FBI surveillance for the
party's activities. Seale was later one of the original "Chicago
Eight" charged with conspiracy and inciting to riot in the wake of
the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Judge Julius
Hoffman sentenced Seale to four years in prison for contempt of
court because of his courtroom outbursts and eventually severed
Seale from the case, thus creating the "Chicago Seven." While in
jail, he wrote "Seize the Time."
for following Malcolm X's philosophical perspective on black
people's liberation, struggle and international human rights, Seale
said as a Panther leader he advocated the right to self defense and
moved to organize a real "power to the people" revolution. The
party worked to provide free breakfast programs for children, free
bus service for senior citizens, medical health care, cooperative
housing and a number of free food programs.
2002, Seale began dedicating his time to Reach!, a group focused on
youth education programs.
executive director of the InSpire Institute, and former dean of the
School of Graduate Studies and professor of educational foundations
at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater, produced and hosted the
"Your Voice" television talk show aired throughout Florida. He is
the managing editor of "The Journal of The Professoriate."
has authored "Brothers of The Academy: Earning Our Way," "Retaining
African Faculty, Administrators, Student: Challenging Paradigms for
Retention," "Making It On Broken Promises, Leading African American
Male Scholars Confronting The Culture of Higher Education," "The
Majority in The Minority: Expanding The Representation of Latina/o
Faculty, Administrators and Students in Higher Education," "Weeping
May Endure for A Night" and "Black in America: When a Ph.D. is
Still Not Enough." Two additional books, "Who Shall Tell Our Story,
The Relevance of Historically and Predominately Black Colleges and
Universities" and "If You Are Not On The Way, Then You Are In The
Way!," are in the works.
earned a bachelor of arts degree in drama, speech, communication
and theater from Delaware State University, and his master of arts
degree in higher education administration, master's degree in
business administration and doctorate in organizational development
from The Ohio State University. He is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi
fraternity and a member of the board of trustees at Keystone
College, among numerous other organizations.
Other events throughout the month include:
- Feb. 1, 7 p.m. "School Daze," sponsored by SRU's Black Action
- Feb. 6, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., "Black Aids Awareness Day,"
sponsored by Phi Beta Sigma fraternity and SRU's
- Peer Health Educators.
- Feb. 8, 7 p.m., "Untold Story of Emmitt Till," sponsored by the
- Feb. 10, 1 p.m., "Transition Student Development Series,"
presented by the Office of Intercultural Programs.
- Feb. 10, 4 - 8 p.m., February Fest sponsored by the Foundation
- Feb. 10, 9 p.m., "Soul Lounge," sponsored by Alpha Kappa Alpha
sorority and the SRU Late Night Task
- Feb. 14, 6 p.m., The "Ebony Ball," featuring Jeff Johnson,
Jaguar Wright and Nathan James, sponsored by BAS, the Student Union
for Minority Affairs, UPB and the Association of Residence Hall
- Feb. 20, 1 p.m., "A Place at the Table," sponsored by the
Office of Intercultural Programs, in the Russell Wright Alumni
House followed by an open discussion.
- Feb. 20, 7 p.m., "The Best Man," sponsored by BAS.
- Feb. 21, 5 p.m., "Black Jeopardy," a quiz competition for
students sponsored by BAS.
- Feb. 22, 7 p.m., "The Essence of Beauty," a personal care
showcase sponsored by BAS.
- Feb. 23, 9 p.m. to midnight, Mardi Gras Celebration, featuring
Afrika Yetu, an African musical group, in Carruth Rizza Hall,
sponsored by the SRU French Club.
- Feb. 27, 7 p.m., "Young Investors of America," sponsored by Phi
Beta Sigma fraternity.
Unless otherwise noted, all activities will take place in the
University Union. For additional details visit: www.sru.edu/pages/13700.asp
or call 724-738-2700.
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