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For Immediate Release (00-57)
Date: October 11, 2000
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952 (Pager: 301-930-2880)

Randall Robinson to Speak at Montgomery College on November 9
Human Rights Activist to Discuss and Sign Latest Book as Part of Lecture Series

Montgomery College will host an evening with human rights activist Randall Robinson, who will share his views and sign his most recent book, The Debt, What America Owes to Blacks, on Thursday, Nov. 9 at the college’s Rockville Campus.

Robinson, president of TransAfrica and TransAfrica Forum, is internationally recognized for his leadership in the Free South Africa Movement and his 27-day hunger strike in 1994 to change United States’ immigration policy towards Haitian refugees and to restore democracy in that Caribbean nation.

During the evening, Robinson, a Harvard-trained lawyer, will discuss his latest efforts to champion the cause of reparations for African Americans for their enslavement during the early history of this country.

The book signing and lecture, which is free and open to the public, is being co-sponsored by the Montgomery County African American Employees Association, the Department of Libraries and Montgomery College, as a part of the continuing lecture series organized by these groups, entitled “Empowerment through Literacy.”

The evening’s activities will include a reception of light refreshments, beginning at 6:30 p.m., remarks from the author and a book signing. All activities will take place in the auditorium of the Theater Arts Building on Montgomery College’s Rockville Campus, 51 Mannakee Street, in Rockville.

For more information, call the Montgomery County African American Employees Association, 301-229-8699 or go to their web site at

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