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African-American studies celebrates 50 years at UM

The African American studies program at the University of Montana kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration Monday with a seminar presented by a preeminent scholar in African-American history.

The African American studies program at the University of Montana kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration Monday with a seminar presented by a preeminent scholar in African-American history.

Darlene Clark Hine held a seminar titled "The Rights of Citizens: Black Professionals in Medicine and Law" at the Gallagher Business School.

At 8 p.m. Clark Hine will present the lecture "Black Professionals: Origins of the Civil Rights Movement" at the Dennison Theatre.

All week long the department along with the Black Student Union will provide a list of activities, presentations and seminars.

African-American studies director Tobin Miller Shearer says the events will not only educate people but unite the community.

“Our work is definitely aimed at helping people who don't know that history of the African-American experience to understand more and to understand it better, because if we don’t know each other’s stories we can never talk with each other,” said Shearer.

The Black Student Union and African-American studies program will co-sponsor a black solidarity summit Saturday and Sunday. On Sunday Black Lives Matter activist Shaun King will host anevent at 7 p.m. For more information on how to register click here.

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