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Pulitzer Prize winner highlights UNG's Black History Month events

Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. greet New York City Mayor Robert Wagner at New York City Hall in 1964. Dr. King's legacy is one of many important facets celebrated during Black History Month. (Photo courtesy of Library of Congress).

On Feb. 11, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hank Klibanoff will speak on behalf of the Civil Rights Cold Case Project in one of several events honoring Black History Month at the University of North Georgia (UNG).

Klibanoff's project uses multimedia reporting to investigate unsolved racial murders during the modern civil rights era in the South. He will be speaking from noon to 1 p.m. on UNG's Gainesville Campus, in the Cleveland Ballroom, room 3110B in the Martha T. Nesbitt Building. Refreshments will be served.

"These civil rights cold cases are unresolved crimes of injustice and tragedy, where real people were murdered, and families and communities were impacted," said Dr. Ray-Lynn Snowden, associate professor of communication, media studies and journalism. "Klibanoff now teaches investigative skills through multimedia journalism to students at Emory University using these cases, and student journalists can be part of the investigative process and solution to these unsolved crimes from the modern past."

Following his presentation, Klibanoff will meet in an informal interactive class session with UNG journalism news production classes. Snowden said UNG students will learn crimes of the past are never dead with multimedia reporting skills, and why Georgia's civil rights cold cases matter. 

On Feb. 10, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the Gainesville Campus, the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs will host the movie, "Dear White People." The movie, which follows the lives of four black students attending an Ivy League college, will be shown in the Robinson Ballroom in the Student Center.

"This movie is satire focusing on minority students at a traditionally white institution," said Robert Robinson, director of the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. "In the movie, a young lady who is a minority student has her own radio station, and during broadcasts she often talks about racial transgressions at her institution. She receives pushback from both minority and non-minority students, highlighting the complexities of what it means to be different. The film is a fun way to address real-world issues and to start discussions."

There will also be a discussion hosted in Young Hall 214 on the Dahlonega Campus on March 9 at noon. The Office of Student Involvement is offering a discussion about movie roles for black actors and actresses in Hollywood.

The final event will be a Black History Month celebration on the Gainesville Campus, held in the Student Center Commons on Feb. 25 from noon until 1 p.m.

Black History Month is the celebration of African-American history and recognizing the role that African-Americans have had in U.S. history. Black History Month has been celebrated since February 1976. It is observed annually by the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

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