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Ernest Withers, Smokey Robinson Among Black History Month Highlights at U of M
For release: Jan. 31, 2006
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A dialogue with photographer Ernest Withers will highlight Black History Month activities at the University of Memphis. The calendar includes a full schedule of pageantry and programs, musical events and lectures.

"A Dialogue with Ernest Withers: A Life in Photography" will begin at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the Ned R. McWherter Library. Those who attend can view photographs and talk with one of the Mid-South's master documentary photographers. Withers is especially known for his photographs of the Civil Rights movement and members of the entertainment industry. His subjects have included Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Elvis Presley, B.B. King, Ike and Tina Turner, Al Green, Isaac Hayes, Thurgood Marshall, Aretha Franklin, Willie Mays, and Jackie Robinson.

Among events he covered were the Poor People's March on Washington, D.C., and the Little Rock school desegregation.

Other Black History Month events and dates include:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 1 – Opening ceremony, with presentation of the Authur S. Holman Lifetime Achievement Award to Bishop G.E. Patterson, presiding bishop of the Church of God in Christ, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  • Thursday, Feb. 9 – Lecture by Lynn Norment, managing editor of Ebony magazine, 12:30 p.m., University Center Faulkner Lounge
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 – "The Wade Scandal," 17-year-old author Michael De'Shazer talks about the success of his first work of fiction, noon, McWherter Library
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 – A Night with Smokey Robinson, 7 p.m., Rose Theatre
  • Saturday, Feb. 18 – Freedom Ball, 7 p.m., University Center Ballroom; Wednesday, Feb. 22 – "I Have a Dream: King's Vision for America Revisited," a panel discussion on the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., noon, McWherter Library
  • Monday, Feb. 27 – University of Memphis Symphonic Band, "In Celebration of Black History Month," 7:30 p.m., Rose Theatre
  • Tuesday, Feb. 28 – Closing Ceremony, with Shelby County Mayor A C Wharton, 12:30 p.m., University Center Faulkner Lounge

Additional events and information is available from the Minority Affairs Web site. For more information, call the Office of Minority Affairs at 901-678-2054.

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