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Programs, resources mark Black History Month observances at Case

Black History Month at Case Western Reserve University is being observed with a variety of programs, lectures and resources for the entire campus community.

Celebrated annually each February, Black History Month has origins dating back to 1926, when Harvard University scholar Carter G. Woodson organized a week of events as a way to bring national attention to the contributions of African Americans throughout history.

  • On February 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Guilford Lounge, the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women will host an African-American Women's Heritage Luncheon. All are welcome to the free event, which features Vernice Jackson of Women in History portraying Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a Union Spy in the Confederate White House. For more information about the luncheon, call x 0985. To read more about Bowser go to
  • The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing presents the film "Nashville: We Were Warriors," on February 22 at 11:30 a.m. in room 290 of the School of Nursing. The film features footage of a peaceful movement for change involving students from Fisk University, a historically black college that has a partnership with Case. A discussion and reception immediately follow the showing. RSVP at x2529 or to Sponsored by the Office of Student Services.
  • The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Thwing Center present "Through the Eyes of African American Students"—a creative showcase featuring Case students—on February 24 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at Thwing Center. The event also includes free samplings of soul food. For information contact Arlet Wright at x 0985 or Colleen Barker-Williamson at x4906.
  • The African American Society Cultural Dinner takes place February 25 at Thwing Ballroom. The theme is "African Americans in the 80's/90's: the beginning of Hip-Hop Culture." Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and a show following. Tickets are $7 for Case students, $9 for the rest of the campus community. For information contact
  • The university's 2006 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will feature keynote speaker Fred Gray on February 27 at Amasa Stone Chapel. A former university trustee and a 1954 alumnus of the Case School of Law, Gray was an attorney for Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King Jr., and served as counsel for organizers of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. More details about this event are forthcoming.

The Kelvin Smith Library "Research Spotlight" Web page is devoted this month to African American history and culture, with links directing readers to Web sites featuring historical facts, photos and resources. Go to


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Case is among the nation's leading research institutions. Founded in 1826 and shaped by the unique merger of the Case Institute of Technology and Western Reserve University, Case is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. Located in Cleveland, Case offers nationally recognized programs in the Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, Engineering, Law, Management, Medicine, Nursing, and Social Work.