Black History Month Events at Wellesley College

For immediate release:
Feb. 7, 2007

Contact: Arlie Corday,

WELLESLEY, Mass. - Wellesley College celebrates Black History Month during February with a variety of lectures, exhibitions, and performances under the theme, "Respect our Past, Enjoy the Present, Planning our Future."

Jan. 31 Dream Alive Program: A one-man performance of highlights of the U.S. Civil Rights movement.

Jewett Auditorium 7-9 pm
Feb. 8 Dreams Deferred: Using Student Voices to Unpack the Unfulfilled Promises of Desegregation" -- talk by Professor Terak Venzant , followed by discussion.

Harambee House Living Room 12:30 - 2:00pm
Feb. 15 . Quintessence Lecture: Veteran broadcast journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault will deliver the annual Ethos Quintessence Day Lecture.

Tishman Commons 7-9 pm

Information on Quintessence Lecture below:

Ethos' annual February lecture, Quintessence Day, is to be held on Thursday, February 15th at 7pm in Tishman Commons at the Lulu Chow Wang Campus Center. Ethos defines Quintessence as the most perfect manifestation of Black womanhood. Each year they look to politics, media, literature, science, technology, business and beyond to find a woman who they feel best represents the proud legacy Black women have bestowed upon this nation and our world as a whole. This is the 28th year for this event and they are proud to bring renown journalist and author, Charlayne Hutner-Gault to speak to the campus. Her topic will be: "Black Economic Empowerment".

Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an award-winning journalist with more than 40 years in the industry, extending her work at various times to all media. In 2005, she returned to NPR as a Special Correspondent after six years as CNN's Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent. She joined CNN in April 1999 from National Public Radio, where she worked as the network's chief correspondent in Africa. Her numerous honors include two Emmy awards and two Peabody awards—one for her work on "Apartheid's People," a NewsHour series about South African life during apartheid and the other for general coverage of Africa in 1998. She is the author of In My Place, a memoir of the civil rights movement, fashioned around her experiences as the first black woman to attend the University of Georgia.

When asked the question: Why bring Ms. Hunter-Gault to speak for Quintessence Day?, the Ethos Lecture Chairwomen stated that it was a foregone conclusion. She has had a long successful career in her industry; it is not very often that one sees a Black woman journalist and reporter. Also, she has maintained a strong commitment to her community and believes in the importance of protecting human and civil rights. Additionally, it is a pleasure to be able to bring a Black woman who has continually persevered through very trying and awe-inspiring obstacles. Her experience, alone, as being the first Black woman to attend University of Georgia is one that many Black Wellesley students can understand and relate to on some level. Her personal, historical and professional background contribute to her being a leading expert on African and African-American affairs and we are eagerly looking forward to her topic, "Black Economic Empowerment."