Stetson’s Black History events to include lecture by Connecticut Supreme Court justice

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As part of Stetson University’s celebration of Black History Month, the Honorable Lubbie Harper Jr., a Supreme Court justice in Connecticut, will speak at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the DeLand campus.

Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Lubbie Harper Jr., will be the keynote speaker for Stetson University’s commemoration of Black History Month on Feb. 20.

Connecticut Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Lubbie Harper Jr., will be the keynote speaker for Stetson University’s commemoration of Black History Month on Feb. 20.

The keynote address is titled, “Social Justice – An Ongoing Search/A Never Ending Challenge.” The public is invited, free of charge. The event will be held in the Stetson Room, second floor of the Carlton Union Building, 131 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.

Harper is a member of the bars of the State of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

He is currently the chairman of the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System as well as Connecticut’s Representative to the National Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Courts.

Other Black History Month events
In addition to Harper’s lecture on Feb. 20, the following is Stetson University’s schedule of events, all open to the public, to commemorate Black History Month.

Feb. 19
The Color ME Brown Project: “Conversations with Unmuted Voices’’ is sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center, Safe Zone and Stetson University’s Gender Studies Program. It will be held in the Rinker Auditorium Room 108, Lynn Business Center, 345 N. Woodland Blvd. The program begins at 10 a.m.

Directed by young college LGBTQIA activist Nicole Townsend, “Conversations with Unmuted Voices’’ is a documentary primarily focusing on the Black and Latino communities and explores the complexities that each person experiences as they navigate their communities. The purpose is to expose issues around race, class, gender and sexuality that are muted in order to break down racism, homophobia and discrimination.

Black Pride: Negotiating triple minority is sponsored by the Cross-Cultural Center, Safe Zone and Kaleidoscope, Stetson Room, CUB, 131 E. Minnesota Ave.
Time: 7 to 8:30 p.m.

It is a “fishbowl” look into the ways Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer and Questioning individuals address the complexities of race, gender, gender expression, and social pressures as they shift identities to “survive,” “pass” and “succeed.” Candid conversations followed by Q&A from the audience. Refreshments will be provided.

Feb. 21
Book Feast: Arrested Justice: Black women, violence, and America’s prison nation, by Beth Richie. 4:30-6 p.m.

It is sponsored by the Multicultural Student Council, Africana Studies and the Cross-Cultural Center, Cross-Cultural Center, 611 N. Bert Fish Drive, DeLand.

Arrested Justice brings issues of sexuality, class, age, and criminalization into focus right alongside of questions of public policy and gender violence, resulting in a compelling critique, a passionate re-framing of stories, and a call to action for change. The Book feast will be led by Dr. Pepper Bates. Free refreshments will be provided. For more information about where to pick up a free copy of the book, contact ygonell@stetson.edu.

For more information on Stetson University’s schedule for Black History Month, contact Yolany Gonell, assistant director, Intercultural Initiatives, at Stetson University’s Cross Cultural Center, at ygonell@stetson.edu, or call 386-822-7402.

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