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Former Black Panther Party Leader Elaine Brown To Speak At U.Va. Jan. 25 In Celebration Of The Life Of Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2005 --

Elaine Brown, who in 1974 became the first and only woman to head the Black Panther Party, will speak during the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week. Her talk, free and open to the public, will be held at the University of Virginia’s Old Cabell Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. It is part of African-American Heritage Month celebrations, sponsored by U.Va.’s Office of African-American Affairs.

Brown, born in Philadelphia, helped turn the Black Panther Party into a supporter of women’s rights. Now she is president of the nonprofit educational corporation Fields of Flowers and director of political affairs for the National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform. She also is an activist, author and lecturer.

Brown is the author of several books, including “A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story,” and “Condemnation of Little B: New Age Racism in America.”

Other events planned for the commemoration week and African-American Heritage Month include:

•Thursday, Jan. 27
Connecting Communities Presentation
Featuring, U.Va. undergraduate Jade Craig
Physics Building, Room 204, 7 p.m.
•Wednesday, Feb. 2
“State of African-American Affairs”
Featuring M. Rick Turner, dean, Office of African-American Affairs
Rotunda, Dome Room, 7 p.m.
•Tuesday, Feb. 8
“This Far by Faith: The Role of the Black Church in the Black Community Yesterday and Today”
Featuring Bruce Beard, pastor of First Baptist Church Transformation Ministries
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 15
“The Truth Shall Set You Free: A Panel Discussion on the Potential Political Power of Organized Religion”
Featuring U.Va. professor Corey Walker, Rachael Eitches and Minister David Muhammed
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 16
“I Am a Man: Black Male Masculinity in America Today!”
A documentary hosted by the filmmaker, Byron Hurt
Newcomb Hall Theater, 8 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 17
“Strange Fruit,” an Exhibit Response and Reception  Kaleidoscope Center in Newcomb Hall, 6 p.m.
•Tuesday, Feb. 22
“Establishing a Financial Legacy”
Featuring Lee Jenkins, president and CFO of his own investment advisory firm, Lee Jenkins Financial — a Raymond James Affiliate
Minor Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 24
African-American Heritage Month Keynote Address: “Leadership and Activism in the New Black America”
Featuring Ricky Jones, assistant professor and political science specialist in the Department of Pan-African Studies, University of Louisville
Wilson Hall Auditorium, 7 p.m.
•Monday, Feb. 28
Motivational Speaker: Coach Ken Carter
Newcomb Hall Theater, 8 p.m.

Contact: Katherine Thompson Jackson, (434) 924-3629

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Contact the Office of University Relations at (434) 924-7116. Television reporters should contact the TV News Office at (434) 924-7550.

SOURCE: U.Va. News Services

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