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Ballard To Help Hudson Valley Celebrate Black History Week

CONTACT: Jeff Foley (518) 629-8085
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Tuesday, February 11, 2003

Renowned author and University at Albany professor Allen B. Ballard will help Hudson Valley Community College kick off its "Black History Week" celebration. Ballard will serve as the keynote speaker at Black History Week's "Opening Ceremonies" event, which will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on February 17. Ballard will speak in the college's North Dining Hall on the second floor of the Siek Campus Center.

Opening Ceremonies also will feature poetry readings, musical presentations and a soul food buffet. The event is free and open to the public.

Ballard, who teaches history and African-American studies at UAlbany, is the author of "Where I'm Bound," a Civil War novel. He has written two non-fiction books, "The Education of Black Folk" and "One More Day's Journey," and his reflections on the Battle of Gettysburg were recently published in The New York Times.

Since 1976, the world has recognized February as Black History Month, and in the spirit of that celebration, Hudson Valley's Black and Latino Student Alliance (BLSA) is hosting Black History Week from Monday, February 17 until Friday, February 21. The BLSA will feature an event each day of the week, and all of the events are free and open to the public.

On February 18, there will be a BLSA photo fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the faculty/staff conference room on the second floor of the Campus Center. On February 19, there will be a workshop entitled "Relationships," which will show how blacks have been portrayed throughout history and how those portrayals have effected the self-esteem of blacks. The workshop will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the faculty/staff conference room. On February 20, there will be a soul food bake sale and recipe giveaway from noon to 2 p.m. on the first floor of the Campus Center. And from 7 to 9 p.m. on February 21, in the Maureen Stapleton Theatre, the BLSA will host a "Gospel Expressions" session, which will feature liturgical dancing, sign language performances and poetry.

For more information, contact Larry Ellis at (518) 629-7175.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunity Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and it is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining. Hudson Valley has graduated more than 55,000 students.