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Chapel AME Church
of Ypsilanti, Mi.
will host their
54th Annual Brotherhood Banquet on February 23, 200, at the
Mary Sue Coleman
University of Michigan is the guest speaker.
For ticket information
please call the church at
Whatley CAAS Faculty Brownbag
"From Gold Coast to Slave Coast: West Africa in the Emerging
12 noon 4701 Haven Hall
Writers on Citizenship Panel Discussion featuring:
CAAS/Comparative Literature/ Romance Languages
Writer (France and Senegal)
Author of three books including the novels Ketala (2006)
Nimrod Bena Djangrang,
Writer (Chad/Ivory Coast/France) KCP Visiting Professor
and author of three books including the poetry collection
Pierre Poussiere (1989)
p.m. 4701 Haven Hall
Cosponsored by the LSA Dean's Citizenship Year
Associate Professor of History Columbia University
"Colonialism Now: Recolonialism and the
Writing of Contemporary History in Africa"
4701 Haven Hall
Co-sponsored with the
Africa History Group
Student forum on campus climate following the passage of
6-8:30 p.m. Angell Hall, Auditorium D
The Women of Color Task
Force of the University of Michigan
will host its
25th annual career conference
Modern Languages Building
Friday, March 2, 2007
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Registration for this event is open to all UM personnel and
to the general public.
The conference will focus on leveraging diversity in the
workplace, professional development, work-life-family balance,
health & wellness and community activism.
Conference attendees will have the opportunity to attend professional,
financial and personal development workshops, a networking
luncheon and an exhibitor area.
keynote speaker is Dr. Mary Frances Berry, the former chair
US Commission on Civil Rights,
and a graduate of the UM Law School and the UM Department
The sponsors of the WCTF annual career conference are
the Office of the Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs,
UM Human Resources and Affirmative Action, the University
of Michigan Health System, the Center for the Education of
Women and Borders.
Early and online registration for the conference will
begin Thursday, January 11, 2007 and close on Monday, February
Registration fees (conference, breakfast, lunch and materials):
$55.00 for Students, Research Fellows & UM Retirees
$75.00 for Current UM Staff and Faculty
$95.00 for Non-UM registrants excluding students
Onsite Registration: After Monday, February 19, 2007, please
register onsite the day of the conference in the Michigan
League, on the Concourse Level. A $10.00 administrative charge
will be added to the registration fee.
Conference information is available on the following website:
For additional information about the UM
Women of Color Task Force, please contact
WCTF Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
King, Jr. Day University Symposia
Anniversary Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium
Racist Author and Educator...
January 23, Noon
Pendleton Room in the Michigan Union.
Tim Wise is
among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists
in the U.S., and has been called "One of the most brilliant,
articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the
nation," by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric
Dyson, of the University of Pennsylvania. Wise has spoken
in 48 states, and on over 400 college campuses. Wise has provided
anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and has conducted
trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals
on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has
also trained corporate, government, military and law enforcement
officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions,
and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in
federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.
Wise is the author of
White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and
White. He has contributed essays to fifteen books, and
is featured in White Men Challenging Racism: Thirty-Five
Personal Stories. Wise will have two new books out in
2006: Disasters, Natural and Otherwise: Race, Class and
the Destruction of New Orleans, and a collection of essays,
Speaking Treason Fluently: Dissident Reflections on Race,
Faith and Nation.
January and February, 2007
"Your Job Search"
Tuesday Series January 23 - February 20, 12:00-2:00
You're not alone in your job search. Pick up job search ideas
counselors, HR professionals and others who are in the job
week features a different theme, described below.
Come to one session or
to all of them.
January 23: Career Decision-Making
January 30: Resumes
February 13: Interviewing Techniques
February 20: Negotiation Skills
February 6: Networking
Registration fee for this 5-session series is $30 and includes
a copy of
the CEW Job Search Handbook. Individual sessions are
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register,
Success Circles and Job Crafting: Skills Assessment
for a More Productive You
Tuesday, January 30, 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
CEW, 330 E. Liberty, 3rd Floor Conference Room
Presenter: Denise Stegall,
Benefits Product Manager - MAIS
This presentation will focus on the
elements that lead to career
satisfaction. It will teach attendees how to identify
talents, interests and values, and determine how their current
align with these personal qualities. FREE! Registration
is requested. To register, call 734-998-7080.
Wednesday, January 31 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
CEW, 330 E. Liberty Street
In November 2006, Michigan voters passed Proposition 2, a constitutional
amendment banning affirmative action on the basis of race, gender,
ethnicity and national origin in public education, public employment
government contracting. The proposal has the potential to negatively
girls and women throughout the state of Michigan. Join
about the implications of the passage of Proposition 2 for women
The CEW Mullin Welch Lecture
President, Heifer International
"Extraordinary Ordinary People"
Thursday, February 15, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Vandenburg Room, 2nd Floor, Michigan League
CEW is honored to welcome Jo Luck, President and CEO of Heifer
International, as the 2007 Mullin Welch speaker. Heifer
Arkansas-based nonprofit organization, is dedicated to ending
the cycle of
chronic hunger and poverty that plagues two-thirds of the planet.
Jo Luck will share with us her experiences of helping communities
to create sustainable small-scale farm enterprises and thus
to meet their nutritional, economic, environmental, and social
needs. She will also discuss the importance of education, employment,
and financial independence to alleviate poverty for future generations.
Exploring the Arts
UM Museum of Art ? Embracing Eatonville: Exhibition Tour
Wednesday, February 21, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. (Tour begins
at 5:45 p.m.)
UMMA Off/Site, 1301 South University Avenue
Presenter: Pamela Reister, Associate Curator for Education,
In honor of Black History Month, join us for a tour of UMMA's
Eatonville exhibit. Eatonville, Florida, is the oldest black
town in the United States and was home to writer, Zora Neale
exhibition features work by contemporary photographers Dawoud
Bey, Lonnie Graham, Carrie Mae Weems, and Deborah Willis. Join
us as we get a glimpse of the spirit and character of Eatonville
through these compelling photographs. Light refreshments will
be served. See www.umma.umich.edu for full exhibition details.
Registration is required as space is limited. To register,
call (734) 998-7080.
CEW 2007 Twink Frey
Visiting Social Activist
Why Should Low-Wage Work Bother Me?: The Cost of Undervaluing
Underpaying Women's Work.
Thursday, February 22, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.Michigan Union,
Pond Room, 1st Floor
Presenter: Anne Ladky, Executive Director, Women Employed
Despite women's progress, approximately one-third of all full
time working women earn less than $25,000 per year; over 15
million earn less than
$9/hour. When millions of workers earn too little to support
families, they are cut off from the American dream ? the chance
to build a
better life for themselves and their children. With lesser incomes,
consume less, which threatens economic growth. Ms. Ladky will
present her findings on the serious negative consequences of
low-wage work for our families, communities, and the country's
This is a Black History
Month Program Sponsored by ABPAFS
The Association of Black Professionals, Administrators,
Faculty and Staff (ABPAFS) is offering tickets to a performance
of the play, Between Men and Cattle by Richard
Kalinoski at the Detroit Repertory Theatre on Saturday, Feb.
17, at 8:30 pm.
As notes state, Between Men and Cattle centers on
the relationship between a precocious black child who won
second place in a speech competition in honor of Martin Luther
King, Jr. and a white reporter whose interview ends with the
boy in tears. When he becomes the President of a conservative
white university 30 years later, the reporter arranges a second
meeting with him, to find out, in part, what went wrong the
Tickets are $11. If you would like to purchase tickets,
please email or call Renoir
Gaither at email@example.com or 764-7492 to arrange delivery.
For more information on the play, see the
New York Teen 'Doll Test' Film Takes On Race Issue
Color is more than skin deep for young African-American women struggling to define themselves.
Kiri made a film with a simple goal-to help other girls think about race and beauty. Following her goal brought her more success than she had imagined.
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Davis is 18. Growing up, she learned about the civil rights
movement in school and from her family.
Kiri attends Urban Academy in New York City. Last year, as part of a school project, she interviewed women who had lived during the civil rights era.
'They started discussing these standards of beauty." Kiri remembers. "They shared stories about being told not to stay in the sun too long so that they wouldn't get too dark."The women were told that African features were not beautiful.
As a child, Kiri herself sometimes felt troubled about her race. "I thought it was nicer to have long, soft hair." she says. "I was told that I couldn't be a princess because I was black. I had never seen a black princess before, so I thought that must be true."
In school, Kiri studied Brown v. Board of Education. In the case, the Supreme Court said that separating black and white children in public schools was unlawful.
An African-American educator, Dr. Kenneth Clark, did research with black schoolchildren on the effects of segregation. It led to the Supreme Court decision. This "doll test" made a big difference in the Brown v. Board of Education case. In the test. Dr. Clark asked black school children to choose between a black doll and a white doll. They were asked to pick the doll they liked best.
Many of the children told Dr. Clark that the white doll was better. For her project, Kiri decided to re-create Dr. Ciark's test.
Kiri's goal was to make a film that showed how Americans see race and beauty today. Were kids today proud to be black?
Kiri interviewed her friends and young children to find out. She found the results surprising and heartbreaking.
Kiri placed two dolls on a table, one black and one white. She asked each girl to pick the doll she liked. Most of the girls picked the white doll.
Kiri asked one child, "Show me the doll that looks bad." The child touched the black doll. "Why is the doll bad?" Kiri asked. "Because it's black." the little girl said.
"Which doll looks more like you?" Kiri asked gently. The child touched the black doll.
A Hit Film
Kiri's film, A Girl Like Me, was only seven minutes long. But once it was put on the Internet, more than 400,000 people watched it.
People were shocked that black kids could dislike their own skin color at such a young age.
"After 50 years, I thought we might have progressed a little bit more to where black kids were choosing black dolls," Kiri says.
The film's message was sad. But its effect was very powerful. It made people think. Educators changed their lessons to make sure all children knew they were valuable.
"Small children can tell what America values and what it doesn't." says Kiri. "Hopefully these American values can change more."
Kiri's video has been shown at more than a dozen film festivals around the world.
Kiri also shows her video in communities around New York City. After the screenings, people often talk to her with tears in their eyes. "It's amazing when people share their own stories," Kiri says.
A New Career
Growing up. Kiri dreamed of becoming a professional filmmaker. Making a video on a topic important to her was hard work.
"I was a one-girl crew," she explains. "I was the cameraperson. the lighting person, the editor, and the director." But she believed in herself and finished the job.
Kiri has been offered work on other films. Her career as a filmmakcr has begun. She has advice for teens about following their dreams.
"You don't have to wait until you're a grown-up to do something that's important to you," she says.
Legacy of a Dream
Martin Luther King Jr. gave his "I Have a Dream" speech decades before Kiri was even born. But the spirit of his dream lives on in her work.
Perhaps Kiri's work shows us best how to celebrate Dr. King's birthday. He would surely be happy to see young people like Kiri studying history, and advancing the goal of" civil rights tor all people.