One of the biggest names in Hollywood will be in Hattiesburg Sept. 4 to promote the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Black Studies.
Danny Glover, a screen icon best known for his roles in such hit movies as The Color Purple and the Lethal Weapon series, will be in town to promote the work of the Center with a visit to the city’s Palmer’s Crossing community.
Glover was a student at San Francisco State University in late 1968 when the school established the first black studies department in the U.S. His visit coincides with a number of similar events taking place throughout the country marking the 40th anniversary of the start of ethnic studies programs on college campuses.
“We’re thrilled to have Mr. Glover come and show his support for the work we’re doing,” said Southern Miss history professor Dr. Curtis Austin, director of the Center. “Having been a student of black studies himself, he understands how such a program not only enhances a school’s academic mission, but also its positive impact on the community it serves.”
Glover will be joined by U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who chairs the House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, during a visit to the Palmer’s Crossing Community’s Danny Levi Hinton Community Center, where Center volunteers assist with an after-school program. Local elected officials, representatives and supporters of the Center will be on hand for his visit.
Since its establishment last year, the Center has undertaken a variety of initiatives. Some of those include the creation of a black studies minor; production of a weekly radio show, “Talk of the Town,” which airs on two local radio stations and podcast via the Internet; sponsorship of the Black Studies Student Alliance (BSSA), a multicultural student organization engaged in service-learning projects; hosting of guest lecturers and a film series on campus; and support of a minority entrepreneurs lecture series.
“We’re pleased to welcome the Center’s many supporters to the events on Sept. 4 marking its first year of operations, and that Mr. Glover will be here as our special guest,” said Dr. Denise von Herrmann, dean of the Southern Miss College of Arts and Letters. “We look forward to a bright future for the Center.”
For more information about Glover’s visit or the Center for Black Studies at Southern Miss, contact Dr. Austin at 601.266.6973 or the center’s associate director, Dr. Amy Chasteen Miller, at 601.266.5476.
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