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August 30, 2005

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CCBC ESSEX ANNOUNCES SPOTLIGHT SPEAKER SERIES FOR FALL 2005
'The Power of Possibilities' first lecture

Baltimore County, Md. – Building community, activism and civil rights are explored at the Spotlight Speaker Series this fall at The Community College of Baltimore County, Essex (CCBC Essex), 7201 Rossville Blvd. This series of one-hour lectures followed by receptions with the speaker was voted Baltimore’s Best Speakers Series in 2002.

Building Community: The Power of Possibilities by educator, trainer, and motivational speaker V. P. Parker will be presented at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 in the B Building Theatre on the Essex campus. “Self-reflection” and “accountability” are major themes in Parker’s presentations. Considered an expert on diversity education, Parker comes to CCBC to kick-off the college-wide civility campaign. His presentation promises to be a hard-hitting “call to action.”

Hispanic Heritage Month brings La Bruja to the Essex campus at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26 in the B Building Theatre. A dedicated artist-activist, she leads the “How can I change the world?” writing/critical thinking workshops at schools and community development centers nationwide. She urges workshop participants and audience members to claim the benefits of art, culture and self-expression for themselves. She is also the artist spokesperson for the well-publicized “Stop the Bombs” campaign.

Kadiatou Diallo, mother of African immigrant Amadou Diallo whose shooting by New York City police officers made national headlines because he was unarmed and he was killed in a flurry of 41 police bullets, has become a crusader for against police brutality and racial profiling in this country. Diallo’s book, My Heart Will Cross This Ocean: My Story, My Song, Amadou, not only recounts her son’s tragic story but also shows a beautiful relationship of a mother and her son. She comes to the Essex campus at 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9 in the B Building Theatre.

The CCBC Essex Spotlight Speakers Series is free and open to the public. Please note that these lectures coincide with the CCBC Essex free hour – 12:20 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. – and are followed by a reception. For additional information, call the Office of Student Life at 443-840-1572.

 
 
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