University of Pittsburgh
November 4, 1999


Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 5 -- Poet Sonia Sanchez will speak about "The Edge of Tolerance," on Friday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. in David Lawrence Hall as the University of Pittsburgh's Black Action Society celebrates 30 years of Black Week. The week's other featured speaker, African-American psychologist Na'im Akbar, will talk on Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. in the William Pitt Union (WPU) Assembly Room.

Sanchez, an award-winning poet, activist and scholar, is the Laura Carnell Professor of English and Women's Studies at Temple University. Known as one of the leaders of the Black Arts Movement, she is author of many books, including "Wounded in the House of a Friend" and "Does Your House Have Lions?" A nominee for the 1998 National Book Critics Circle Award, Sanchez lives in Philadelphia.

Akbar is a pioneer in the development of an African-centered approach to modern psychology. A former president of the National Association of Black Psychologists, Akbar teaches in the Department of Psychology at Florida State University in Tallahassee. He has written four books, among them an analysis of the psychological legacy of slavery, "Chains and Images of Psychological Slavery."

A list of events for Black Week, which is free and open to the public unless otherwise noted, follows:

Friday, Nov. 5 Sonia Sanchez

7 p.m. "The Edge of Tolerance"

120 David Lawrence Hall

Adm. $10, Pitt Students $5

Sunday, Nov. 7 Gospel Night

6 p.m. Nikki Smith & True

Worship and Praise,

Some of God's Children

Assembly Room - WPU

Monday, Nov. 8 Poetry Night

8 p.m. Assembly Room - WPU

Tuesday, Nov. 9 Media Job Fair-CBS

Noon-7 p.m. Infinity Broadcasting Corporation

Ballroom - WPU

5-6 p.m. Media Job Fair Panel

"Jump-Start Your Media Career"

Ballroom - WPU

8 p.m. Dr. Na'im Akbar

Assembly Room - WPU

Wednesday, Nov. 10 Soul Food Night

4 p.m. Schenley Cafe - WPU

8 p.m. Film: "Rosewood"

Assembly Room - WPU

Adm. $2 ($1 w/Pitt ID)

Thursday, Nov. 11 BET Comedy Showcase

9 p.m. Featuring Chocolate, Damon

Williams, and Dave Tullis

David Lawrence Hall

Friday, Nov. 12 "Art of Fashion"

6 p.m. Assembly Room - WPU

Saturday, Nov. 13 30th Celebration Reception

8 p.m. Ballroom - WPU

(By invitation only)

Saturday, Nov. 20 "Talent Showcase 2000"

8 p.m. Assembly Room - WPU

For more information, call 412-648-7880.