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Author and professor G. Pritchy Smith to speak as part of Brown v. Board of Education commemoration

ATHENS, Ohio (May 3, 2004) -- G. Pritchy Smith, professor of education at the University of North Florida will speak on May 6 and 7 on the Ohio University campus. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

G. Pritchy SmithHe will present "Who Will have the Moral Courage to Heal Racism in America" at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 6, at Bentley Hall, room 227. The lecture is part of Ohio University's Brown v. Board of Education commemoration.

On Thursday, Smith will discuss the story "T.J. and the Education of a White Boy," as the basis for analyzing three characteristics of racism in the United States and the importance of moral courage to correct social and educational injustice in American schools.

At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, May 7, at McCracken Hall, room 214B, Smith will present "Desegregation and Resegregation after Brown: Implications for Teacher Education." The lecture is part of the College of Education's 3rd Annual Research Conference. During this discussion, he will discuss his work on minority teacher recruitment and retention.

Smith is one of the founders and a past vice president of the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and serves on the organization's board of directors and publications committee. He is the author of the 1998 book "Common Sense about Uncommon Knowledge: The Knowledge Bases for Diversity in Teacher Education." In the book, Smith defines 13 knowledge bases for diversity, identifies key elements of each knowledge base, discusses the status of the work in the area and describes a wealth of resources.

Prior to teaching at North Florida, he served as director of teacher education at Paul Quinn College and Jarvis Christian College, two historically black colleges located in Texas. In 1998, Smith received an American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) Advocate for Justice Award.

Smith earned a bachelor's in English from the University of Texas at Austin and master's and doctoral degrees from the University of North Texas.

Smith's visit is sponsored by the Brown v. Board of Education 50th Anniversary Commemoration Committee, the College of Education and the Martin Luther King Jr. Committee. For more information about Ohio University's Brown v. Board of Education commemoration, visit www.ohio.edu/brownvboard/.

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Media Contact: Media Specialist George Mauzy, (740) 597-1794 or mauzy@ohio.edu  

Editors: A photo of Smith can be found at www.ohio.edu/news/pix/SMITH_PRITCHY_G.JPG

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