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2007.04.12 > For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO Black Studies to Celebrate 35th Anniversary April 17

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Black Studies will celebrate its 35th anniversary with an event Tuesday, April 17, at the Strauss Performing Arts Center.  The program will begin at 7 p.m.

The UNO Black Studies Department was established in 1971 and is one of the oldest departments of its kind in the nation.  Mike Maroney, president of New Community Development Corporation and a UNO graduate, will talk about the student sit-in that helped establish the department.

The Urban Bush Women (UBW) will also perform at the event. Founded in 1984 by Jawole Willa Jo Zollar, UBW is a performance ensemble dedicated to exploring the use of cultural expression as a catalyst for social change.  The group weaves contemporary dance, music and text with the history, culture, and spiritual traditions of African Americans and the African Diaspora. 

The GBT Academy of the Arts in Omaha is also participating in the celebration.  They will be presenting a re-enactment of the events that led up to the formation of the black studies department at the University.

For more information, contact Felicia Dailey at (402) 554-2412.  The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the UNO College of Arts and Sciences and Nebraska Arts Council.

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