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Nazareth College Celebrates Black History Month

  • Published: February 17, 2010

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For more information, contact Belinda Brasley at (585) 389-2073 or e-mail

Nazareth College Celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, Nazareth College will hold events that explore and celebrate the role of African Americans throughout history. These events are free and open to the public. Nazareth College is located at 4245 East Ave., Rochester, N.Y. 14618. For more information, contact Belinda Brasley at (585) 389-2073 or e-mail

Lecture: Harriet Washington, February 22, at 10:00 a.m. in the Shults Center Forum
Nazareth College’s nursing department, student health services, the office of multicultural affairs, and WE CARE project is proud to present Harriet Washington, award-winning author of Medical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Experimentation on Black Americans from Colonial Times to the Present (Harlem Books, 2006). It is the first and only comprehensive story of medical experimentation on African Americans beginning in the time of slavery until today. She details how blacks have historically been prey to grave-robbing, unauthorized autopsies and dissections, and have become the unwilling and unwitting subjects of medical experiments. She also talks about the Tuskegee experiment, which attempted to study the effects of untreated syphilis on living subjects. Her book has received such awards as Best Book of 2006, 2007 Nonfiction Award from the American Library Association Black Caucus, and 2007 PEN Oakland Award among others.

Washington has been a fellow in ethics at the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health and a senior research scholar at the National Center for Bioethics at Tuskegee University. She has worked for USA Today and several other publications as a journalist and editor and has been a Knight Fellow at Stanford University. Washington is highly published in such academic forums as the Harvard Public Health Review and The New England Journal of Medicine.

Concluding Discussion and Reception: Thursday, February 25, 8:30 – 9:45 p.m. in the Shults Center Forum.

Nazareth College’s undergraduate association hosts a fun-filled and educational celebration to conclude Black History Month. A discussion about the development of the black community from the past to the present will take place, incorporating the theme of L.I.F.E. (lead, inspire, focus, and excel). There will be a reception at the end of the program with book raffles. This event is open to Nazareth campus community only.

Founded in 1924, Nazareth College is located on a close-knit, suburban campus in the dynamic, metropolitan region of Rochester, N.Y. The College offers challenging academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences and professional programs in health and human services, education, and management. Nazareth's strong cultures of service and community prepare students to be successful professionals and engaged citizens. The College enrolls approximately 2,000 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students.

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