Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month


2/10/2011

In observance of Black History Month, the City of Cambridge Employees’ Committee on Diversity, the Office of the City Manager and Mayor David P. Maher will present an evening with Dr. Peniel E. Joseph of Tufts University Wednesday, Feb. 23, 6-8 p.m.,  at Cambridge Public Library, Lecture Hall, 449 Broadway, Cambridge.  Light refreshments will be served from 6-6:30 p.m.  The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Joseph will discuss his book Dark Days, Bright Nights: From Black Power to Barack Obama as well as his work about the movement that was sparked during the civil rights era and its continuing legacy.

Dr. Joseph is professor of history at Tufts University, and author of the award winning Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America, The Black Power Movement: Rethinking the Civil Rights-Black Power Era and Neighborhood Rebels: Black Power at the Local Level. He is a frequent national commentator on issues of race, democracy and civil rights who has appeared on MSNBC, CNN and NPR. During the 2008 presidential election, he served as a historical analyst for the PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.  Professor Joseph's essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and Chronicle Review. He was recently named an Emerging Leader in Ebony Magazine's Power 100 Issue.

Dr. Joseph will be signing copies of his book following the program.

For more information, contact Karen Preval at 617.349.4221 or E-mail diversity@cambridgema.gov.

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