Black History Month: African Americans and economic development

The theme of this year’s Black History Month at URI is "African American Progress in the 21st Century." 

Earl “Butch’’ Graves Jr., chief executive officer of the pioneering Black Enterprise magazine, will be the first speaker this month.

Graves will talk about African Americans and economic development. Graves is a son of Earl G. Graves Sr., the founder and publisher of Black Enterprise and one of the most prominent African American businessmen in the country.

As president and CEO of Black Enterprise, the younger Graves is responsible for strategic planning of the company, which includes magazine publishing, television production, digital media, and business and lifestyle events.

Other speakers include:

February 17, 3 p.m.,  Dr. Anne Bailey, Professor of Africana Studies SUNY & Author of: African Voices of The Atlantic Slave Trade

February 19, 3 p.m., Mr. Mike Costa, Filmmaker, "Proud To Be Cape Verdean"

Questions and Answers to follow.

February 24, 5 p.m., A Panel of several URI Professors to address African Americans and the Law.

February 25, 8 p.m., Poetry and Music of African American Spirituals and Slave Narratives

Monday, February 3, 2014 at 6:00pm

Carothers Library, Galanti Lounge
15 Lippitt Rd, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA

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