EWC Celebrates Black History Former U.S. Rep. Chisholm to Discuss Race Relations Today
Bruce, Orlando De, The Florida Times Union
The first woman to run for the nation's highest office will
speak in Jacksonville today about race relations.
Former U.S. Rep. Shirley Chisholm, D-New York, who ran for the
Democratic nomination for president of the United States in
the 1970s, will be the keynote speaker during the first
organized Black History Month Celebration at Edward Waters
College, said Von Alexander, a spokeswoman for the college.
The free event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Milne Auditorium,
is open to the public.
Chisholm, the first African-American elected to Congress, chose
to speak on a topic that has been a common one this month in
Jacksonville. Her discussion on race relations, on the last day
of Black History Month, comes a week after the subject was
visited by The National Conference and by Unity, a multiracial
"I think it's going to be even more impacting on a black
campus," said Lynda Lewis, a sophomore mass communications major
at Edward Waters. "Being at a black college, we have to learn
how to deal with all people once we graduate from this
Under its current leadership, Edward Waters did something this
year that no other administration at the college has done for
past Black History Month celebrations, Alexander said.
The private, liberal arts college formed partnerships with
businesses and groups, including the Northwest Council of the
Chamber of Commerce, to sponsor a program that recognizes
community leaders and exposes the campus to a national leader,
"So far, we have almost 300 people coming," Alexander said. "We
will have banners out that say `Welcome Shirley.' This is the
first time ever EWC will have an organized Black History Month