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January 30, 2013

Dialogue between Civil Rights, hip-hop generations Feb. 6 at Fowler Hall

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University's Black Cultural Center will host an inter-generational dialogue between the Civil Rights and hip-hop generations at 7 p.m. Feb. 6 in Stewart Center's Fowler Hall.

Leading the audience in a town hall discussion will be James Peterson, director of Americana Studies and professor of English at Lehigh University; Rosa Clemente, organizer of the national hip-hop convention and black arts movement author; and educator and poet Haki Madhubuti.

The interactive dialogue, which is free and open to the public, will focus on the hip-hop generation and its connection to the Civil Rights and black arts movements, said Renee Thomas, director of the BCC. Panelists and audience members will explore unemployment, criminal justice, education and other issues facing the hip-hop generation.

"The forum's goals are to empower Purdue students and community members to consider best practices for moving a political agenda around issues that affect their daily lives, particularly the contemporary challenges facing young Americans in the aftermath of the country’s worst economic decline since the Great Depression," Thomas said.

The event is part of BCC's celebration of Black History Month, which is in February.

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711, gmcclure@purdue.edu

Source: Renee Thomas, 765-494-3091, rathomas@purdue.edu