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Democracy Commitment looks at Freedom Drive in Uganda PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Gil Hazelwood, ACM PR Office   
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 09:48

The East African nation of Uganda’s drive for freedom will be explored Monday, Feb. 27, when Allegany College of Maryland screens and discusses the Invisible Children movement’s new documentary, “Kony 2012.” This examination of the plight of Ugandan youth swept up in their country’s civil strife is part of a series of spring-semester events in support of ACM’s participation in the Democracy Commitment.

The Uganda program, free and open to the public and starting at 7:00 p.m. in the College Center Theatre, centers on a showing of a new 30-minute film that raises awareness of warlord Joseph Kony and current efforts to bring him to justice. “Kony 2012” will be presented by a team of representatives from the Invisible Children organization. Sharon, a Ugandan university student, will accompany them and share her first-person experience.

The San Diego-based group’s original film, “Invisible Children: Rough Cut 2005,” helped spawn an international movement that has drawn attention to Africa’s longest-running war and the Lord’s Resistance Army’s campaign to wrest control of Uganda. LRA guerillas, led by Kony, have waged a brutal campaign against civilians, notably victimizing children and using them as weapons. That documentary, made by three young Americans in a spring 2003 visit, takes its name from nighttime pilgrimages by children from villages to towns to avoid sweeps by LRA raiders and forced conscription. Over the past quarter-century, Kony and his LRA forces have abducted more than 30,000 youngsters and forced them to become child-soldiers in Central Africa.

“Rough Cut 2005,” seen by millions worldwide since its 2006 release, was the catalyst for a partnership with LRA-affected communities to bring a variety of programs to relieve suffering of Ugandans, improve everyday life and stabilize the country. The Democracy Commitment is a national effort in which ACM is a founding member. It is designed to promote active engagement in the democratic process by community college students.

“Kony 2012” and the Invisible Children program are presented by ACM and the Democracy Commitment in collaboration with the college’s Diversity Center, Student Government Association and Peace Studies and Human Service clubs. More information about Invisible Children can be obtained by contacting ACM faculty member Kurt Hoffman at 301-784-5113. Schools groups and others interested in attending should contact Lynn Grimm at 301-784-5168. Information is also available on the college Web site, www.allegany.edu.

A team from the international movement, including Sharon, a ...

The Vagina Monologues at FSU: A Cause to Stop the Violence Against Women PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Malaika Moore   
Friday, 10 February 2012 19:22

As the participants walked in ready for practice in their t-shirts, tennis shoes and workout pants, the excitement filled the room. They were eager to get started. The music began to play and everyone motioned to their positions as Dana Harrison, senior theatre major at Frostburg State University, choreographer and writer from Fort Washington, Maryland directed the dance number.

All of this rehearsal is in preparation for The Vagina Monologues on February 16 and 17 at Frostburg State University’s Performing Arts Center. A common assumption is this program is centered around explicit, sexual behavior, but too often people are mistaken. Even those in the show were blinded by the name until further informed. Similarly to these individuals, Latia Stokes, senior theatre ...

Abolitionist Frederick Douglass To Be Portrayed Feb. 13 At ACM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Gil Hazelwood, ACM PR Office   
Friday, 10 February 2012 07:53

Abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass will be dramatically portrayed in a Monday, February 13, performance at Allegany College of Maryland that is open to the public and free of charge.

Actor and educator Fred Morsell will give his one-man original play, “Presenting Mr. Frederick Douglass on Race: A Soul’s Evolution,” twice that day, at 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., in the College Center Theatre.

Morsell’s portrayal of Douglass’ life and philosophy launches a series of activities in conjunction with ACM’s involvement in the Democracy Commitment, a national effort to promote active engagement in the democratic process by community college students.

This new initiative, intended as a platform for programs and projects that engage students in civic learning ...

Brownsville Book Author To Give Friday Lectures at Frostburg Museum PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Gil Hazelwood, ACM PR Office   
Thursday, 09 February 2012 07:02
FSU Professor to Present “Blinded in Batesburg: Learning of a Hometown Atrocity” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Courtesy, Frostburg State University News & Media Services   
Sunday, 05 February 2012 10:14

Andy DuncanAndy Duncan, a faculty member in the Frostburg State University Department of English, will present “Blinded in Batesburg: Learning of a Hometown Atrocity” at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13, in the Atkinson Room of the Lane University Center, as part of the campus Faculty Lecture Series. The event is free and open to the public.

On Feb. 13, 1946, an African-American World War II veteran named Isaac Woodard Jr. was pulled off a Greyhound bus in Batesburg, S.C., only hours after his honorable discharge, and was beaten by the local police chief, Lynwood Shull. As a result of his injuries, Woodard was blinded for life. The incident became a national scandal and a landmark federal civil rights case.

Duncan, a Batesburg native, was never told of this incident by his family, ...


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