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LaGuardia Community College Celebrates the 150th Anniversary
of the Emancipation Proclamation from February 5 to the 7
Long Island City, NY—January 25, 2013—In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, LaGuardia Community College is hosting a three-day celebration, beginning February 5. The events are free and open to the public.
The fete will kick off on the 5th with a keynote address by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, the director of the Schomburg Center. Dr. Muhammad will speak about the Emancipation and African American history. There will also be a rap performance and a panel discussion. The event, which will be held in the Little Theater, runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
On February 6, Tony Award nominee Calvin Levels will present his solo play “James Baldwin—Down from the Mountaintop.” The play depicts the life of the novelist, playwright, essayist and human rights activist. Following the play, which begins at 1:00 p.m., will be a musical performance. The event will be held in the Little Theater.
The celebration culminates on February 7 with a health and wellness fair. The event, held in the E-Building, room E-111 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., focuses on issues and concerns unique to those of the African Diaspora. The key issues to be discussed include physical, medical and mental wellness.
All the events of are held on the College campus at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City. For more information, please contact (718) 482-5281.
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LaGuardia Community College located in Long Island City, Queens, was founded in 1971 as a bold experiment in opening the doors of higher education to all, and we proudly carry forward that legacy today. LaGuardia educates students through over 50 degree, certificate and continuing education programs, providing an inspiring place for students to achieve their dreams. Upon graduation, LaGuardia students’ lives are transformed as family income increases 17%, and students transfer to four-year colleges at three times the national average. Part of the City University of New York (CUNY), LaGuardia is a nationally recognized leader among community colleges for boundary-breaking success educating underserved students. At LaGuardia we imagine new ideas, create new curriculum and pioneer programs to make our community and our country stronger. Visit www.laguardia.edu to learn more.