University of Pittsburgh
February 7, 2007

University of Pittsburgh's Black Action Society to Feature Speaker Simon Deng Feb. 18

This event highlights Pitt's Black History Month Celebration
Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH-As part of the University of Pittsburgh Black Action Society's (BAS) celebration of Black History Month, human rights activist Simon Deng will speak at 6 p.m. Feb. 18 in the William Pitt Union (WPU) Ballroom, 3959 Fifth Ave., Oakland. This event is free and open to the public.

A refugee of southern Sudan, Deng was abducted at the age of nine and given as a "gift" to an Arab family in northern Sudan. Today he travels the country as a human rights activist, speaking for action on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of victims of Sudanese slavery and genocide. He has addressed students at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia Universities and met with President Bush and Southern Sudanese President Salva Kiir. In March 2006, Deng initiated and participated in the Sudan Freedom Walk, a 300-mile trek from New York City to Washington, D.C., to call for an end to slavery and genocide in Sudan.

Other BAS Black History Month events include:

Feb. 1-28

Poster Exhibition, "History Makers of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," on display at all BAS Black History Month events;

Feb. 10

Masquerade Ball, 10 p.m., WPU Assembly Room, masks will be provided; college students only: $5 with valid Pitt ID, $7 with other college ID;

Feb. 13

Discussion, "Where Do We Come From? Where Are We Going? And How Will We Get There?" 8:30 p.m., WPU Kurtzman Room;

Feb. 21

Black Consciousness Bowl, 7 p.m., WPU Ballroom;

Feb. 24

Penn Masala a capella Group, 7 p.m., David Lawrence Hall Auditorium,

3942 Forbes Ave.; and

Feb. 27

Black Cinema Night, 7 p.m., Room 540, WPU;

Open Mic Event, "Not My Words," 9 p.m., WPU Kurtzman Room.

For more information, call BAS at 412-648-7880 or e-mail membership.bas@gmail.com.

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