January 30, 2013
Patrice French
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SLU Honors Black History Month

Touré
Touré is also the host of Fuse's Hiphop Shop and On the Record and is now a co-host of The Cycle on MSNBC. File photo

The Black Student Alliance, Cross Cultural Center and African American Studies Program will lead the University in a celebration of Black History Month. All members of the of the community are invited to join SLU students, faculty and staff for informative discussions and a keynote lecture delivered by a nationally known author and journalist.

"Without question, one of Saint Louis University's greatest strengths is our diversity. Here at SLU, people of diverse beliefs, diverse backgrounds and diverse faiths come together to learn, to live and to lead," said University President Lawrence Biondi, S.J. "Black History Month is a special time to celebrate, to acknowledge and to recognize the countless historical and cultural contributions of African-Americans to our society."

The highlight of the month-long celebration will be the Keynote Lecture organized and sponsored by the Black Student Alliance. Journalist, culture critic and TV host Touré will discuss, "How Racism Functions Today and Ways to Deal with it to Get Success," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Carlo Auditorium of Tegeler Hall.

Touré is the author of Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness? What It Means To Be Black Now, which was named one of the Most Notable Books of 2011 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. It was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work of Non-Fiction. He is an NBC contributor and a regular on MSNBC's the Dylan Ratigan Show, the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell and NewsNation with Tamron Hall. He is also a columnist for Time.com.

Other highlighted events taking place this month will include a brown bag lunch series hosted by the African American Studies Department, which will discuss past and present African-American issues. All brown bag sessions will take place from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in room 218 of McGannon Hall.

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