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Celebrating a Legacy (PLV)

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On January 29, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs hosts author and historian James W. Lowen for their annual MLK Day commemorative brunch in PLV.

What’s a sundown town? A hidden dimension of American racism that for decades has been ignored or otherwise overlooked. The term comes from posted signs typically encouraging nonwhite people to leave town after dark. Towns all across America—numbering in the thousands—regularly and purposefully excluded nonwhite families from living in the town.

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Diversity Programs for the 16th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration brunch featuring keynote speaker James W. Lowen, PhD, a sundown town researcher. Lowen, a sociologist and historian at the University of Vermont, has spent the last 20 years exploring race relations and the way Americans remember the past. He is the author of bestselling books Lies My Teacher Told Me and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong. His gripping retelling of American history continues to inspire K16 teachers to get students to challenge, rather than memorize, their textbooks.

Friday, January 29, 2016
11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.
Wilcox Multipurpose Room

This event is free and open to the public. For more information and to RSVP, e-mail

In NYC? Don’t worry! The Office of Multicultural Affairs has a great event commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Stay tuned for Tim Wise’s visit in April 2016.