Hamilton College Black and Latin Student Union to Hold Lecture Series

The Hamilton College Black and Latin Student Union will sponsor a series of events and lectures, beginning Saturday, Feb. 6. with the presentation of a drama, The Meeting, by the Kuumba Players. It will begin at 7 p.m. in the Chapel, and is free and open to the public. The events are funded by the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center.

The Meeting was written by award-winning playwright Jeff Stetson. In it, he imagines what a clandestine meeting might have been like between Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X in February 1965. A shabby Harlem hotel room becomes the backdrop for this momentous confrontation between King, the baptist minister, Nobel Prize winner and champion of non-violent protest, and Malcolm, advocate of self-defense through any means necessary.

The play examines what might have been: the clash of ideas and tactics for the advancement of freedom, but also the humanity of two devout men of faith, loving fathers and husbands and leaders willing to lay down their lives for the cause of justice.

The next event in the series will be a lecture by Randall Robinson on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. in the Chapel. Robinson is a black activist who helped build the anti-apartheid movement in the U.S.

Robinson founded TransAfrica in 1977 as a lobby group dedicated to promoting more progressive U.S. foreign policy positions toward Africa and the Caribbean. He also heads the TransAfrica Forum, which provides educational programs about the two regions in print, radio and television. During the 1980s the lobby spearheaded the campaign to have the U.S. government impose sanctions against the apartheid regime in South Africa. The campaign, which featured civil disobedience, as well as more conventional lobbying tactics, ended successfully when the U.S. Congress passed the Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986.

Robinson was a public interest lawyer in Boston for several years. His articles have appeared in major publications and he has been honored with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Distinguished Service and Humanitarian Award.

The Black and Latin Student Union was founded by students in 1968 to broaden the awareness and appreciation of Black and Latin cultures. Its goal is to preserve the cultural identities of Black and Latin students at Hamilton.

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