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Dr. Allen Ballard to Speak at Hudson Valley

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, February 5, 2004

UAlbany Professor Will Discuss the Historical Role of African-Americans in the Military

Dr. Allen B. Ballard, professor of History and African Studies at the University at Albany, will discuss the history of African-Americans in the United States military as a part of Hudson Valley Community College's Voices: A Library Lecture Series.

Dr. Ballard's presentation, titled "African-Americans in the United States Military: A Historical Perspective," will take place in Hudson Valley's Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium at noon on Wednesday, February 18.

For more than 200 years, African-Americans have participated in every major conflict in United States history. Dr. Ballard will talk about how these brave soldiers simultaneously defended this country and endured individual and institutional racism.

The author of two nonfiction books, "The Education of Black People" and "One More Day's Journey: The Story of a Family and a People", Dr. Ballard is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College and holds a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

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.