EWC Celebrates Black History Former U.S. Rep. Chisholm to Discuss Race Relations Today

By Bruce, Orlando De | The Florida Times Union, February 28, 1998 | Go to article overview

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

social group.

"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

institution."

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,

Alexander said.

"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

program. …

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