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ASU continues to celebrate Black History Month

February 20, 2006

Arizona State University is continuing its celebration of Black History Month during February. This year's theme is "Kuumba, the Principle of Creativity," and ASU's faculty, students and staff have worked together to create numerous activities and learning opportunities for the West campus community.

As part of the month-long celebration, ASU will host its sixth annual lecture series featuring legendary civil rights reporter Karl Fleming. The lecture begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the University Center Building, room 265-266, at ASU's West campus, 4701 W. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix.

Fleming was born in North Carolina and raised in a Methodist orphanage during the Great Depression. He was isolated from much of the world until an early newspaper job introduced him to the era's brutal racial politics. Fleming will discuss his book, "Son of the Rough South," a revealing memoir of the worlds he knew: black, white, violent and cloistered.

On Friday, Feb. 24, ASU will host the Pioneer Award Dinner, "An evening of Kuumba." This award dinner is an annual celebration recognizing an individual who has made a lifetime commitment to the betterment of his or her community. This year, ASU will honor former Phoenix City Councilman Calvin Goode, the 2006 Pioneer Award recipient. To attend the Pioneer Award Dinner contact Darnell Morehand-Olufade at 602-543-8230.

Black History Month activities are free and open to the public. Event parking is $2. For further information visit