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Black History Month is under way

Civil rights and HIV/AIDS speakers help kick off celebration
Feb 1, 2010
By George Mauzy

Ohio University will celebrate Black History Month during the month of February by hosting numerous events that showcase the history and accomplishments of African-American people in the United States and the world.

Two of the early events are appearances by former star football player Larry Bryant and author Eric Etheridge.

Bryant will present ?HIV/AIDS Prevention ? A Choice and a Lifestyle!? at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8, in Baker University Center Theatre. He will discuss the challenges of living with HIV/AIDS as part of the university?s celebration of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is Feb. 7.

A former star football player at Norfolk State University, Bryant tested positive for HIV as a freshman in college and has been living with the virus for more than 20 years.

Instead of pursuing his dream of a professional football career, he  has dedicated his life to creating awareness about HIV/AIDS. His visit is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Programs and the Black Student Cultural Programming Board.

Etheridge, an author, journalist, and photographer, will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. 

His book, ?Breach of Peace,? recounts the stories of freedom riders of 1961. One of the original freedom riders who rode public interstate transportation to protest segregation in the public transportation system in the south will accompany Etheridge in Athens.

Etheridge?s visit is sponsored by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board. Other Black History Month events will be highlighted on the Office of Multicultural Programs Web site as details become available.


Published: Feb 1, 2010 9:02 AM

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