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For release: 02/24/04
Release #: 04-024

Atlanta college president, local high school students to help mark Black History Month at NASA's Marshall Center

Photo description: Tatum

On Thursday, Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta, will deliver the keynote address at the annual Black History Month observance at the Marshall Center. This year's event highlights the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the groundbreaking 1954 Supreme Court ruling that outlawed racial segregation in public schools. High school students from the Huntsville area and the Marshall community will take part in the celebration.

Photo: Spelman President Dr. Beverly Tatum (Spelman College)

What: Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta , will deliver the keynote address during the annual Black History Month observance at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville , Ala. This year's event, themed "A Legacy of Learning: Brown v. Board of Education 50 th Anniversary," will spotlight the impact of the groundbreaking 1954 Supreme Court ruling that declared it unconstitutional for public schools to segregate based on race. The event will also look at the ruling's effect, the civil rights movement, and American culture. More than 125 Huntsville-area high school students have been invited to take part in the celebration, along with the Marshall Center community.

Following Tatum's address, the Marshall Center will celebrate the legacy of African-American cuisine with a "Taste of Soul" food fair, which will allow the Marshall community to sample traditional Southern dishes prepared by Huntsville-area restaurant Sophisticated Country. Soloists from Oakwood College 's choral group "The Aeolians," recipients of the Bronze Star from the Alabama Music Hall of Fame, will perform.

Who: Dr. Beverly Tatum, president of Spelman College in Atlanta . Students from Johnson High School, Butler High School, and Westminster Christian Academy in Huntsville; Madison Academy in Madison, Ala.; and Sparkman High School in Harvest, Ala., also are expected to attend.

When: Thursday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m. CST

Where: Marshall Center , Building 4200, Morris Auditorium

To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Media Relations Department at (256) 544-0034. Media must report to Gate 9, Rideout Road/Research Park Blvd. exit on Interstate-565. Vehicles are subject to security search at the gate, and news media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Bldg. 4200 on the southwest side.

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