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Julian Bond, chairperson of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will lecture on “Contemporary Civil Rights: How Do We Gauge Progress?” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 14, in the Multipurpose Rooms of the Trabant University Center, Main Street and South College Avenue, on the University of Delaware's Newark campus.

In response to the March 4 resignation of Bruce Gordon, president and CEO of NAACP, Bond said: “We wish Mr. Gordon well in his future pursuits. I have named our General Counsel Dennis Hayes as interim president. We will immediately begin a widespread search for a replacement, examining candidates from the nonprofit, corporate, and civil rights communities and others, seeking a new president who can ensure our mission of social justice advocacy strengthens and grows as we approach our centennial anniversary in 2009.”

Bond, who has been chairperson of the organization since 1998, has been active in civil rights and economic justice efforts for the past 47 years. He received the National Freedom Award in 2002 and is a professor of history at the American University in Washington, D.C.

The lecture is part of discussions and performances marking Black History Month and Beyond at the University of Delaware. The final event will be Sojourner Truth: Ain't I A Woman?, a one-woman play by Kathyrn Woods, who will re-enact the life of 19th-century civil rights movement co-founder Sojourner Truth at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, in the Bacchus Theatre of the Perkins Student Center. The title is taken from Truth's “Ain't I a Woman?” historic protest speech, which she delivered in 1851 at the Women's Rights Convention.

The events are cosponsored by UD's Cultural Programming Advisory Board, Black Student Union, Black Leadership Council, Campus Alliance de la Raza, Chi Upsilon Sigma National Latin Sorority, Hekima Book Club, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Affirmative Action and Multicultural Programs, Bank of America Career Services Center, Black American Studies program, Office of Women's Affairs and Women's Studies program.

For more information on any of the events listed above, call UD's Center for Black Culture at (302) 831-2991.

Media contact: Martin Mbugua, (302) 831-8749, [mbugua@udel.edu]
Feb. 19, 2007