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For Immediate Release (00-79)
Date: February 9, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952

Lecture on Race and Integration at
Montgomery College, Rockville Feb
ruary 22

Dr. Leonard Steinhorn-American University professor, civil rights activist, and co-author of By the Color of Our Skin: The Illusion of Integration and the Reality of Race-takes a provocative look at race and integration in the United States at a Montgomery College Paul Peck Humanities Institute Lecture, Thursday, February 22, 7 p.m.

Steinhorn collaborated with American University Professor Barbara Diggs-Brown to produce the book that will be the basis of his discussion, "and Justice for All." Their extensive research, polls, and interviews produced statistics that directly dispute the prevailing myths that racial integration has already been achieved in this country. For example, they discovered that 70 percent of black children attend predominantly black schools, and a Hispanic or Asian American with a third-grade education is more likely to live in an integrated neighborhood than is a black with a Ph.D.

"We have no illusions that racial honesty will ever integrate our families, lives, schools, or communities," the authors wrote, "but we do hope that a more racially honest America can build bridges and challenge the stereotypes and images that too often guide our decisions and actions."

The lecture is open to the public, as part of the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute Lecture Series at Montgomery College. The Institute’s Lecture Series provides an open forum for students, faculty, and the community to discuss and learn about the many issues surrounding race, gender, and class in the United States today. For more information, call 240-567-7417 or visit the College Web site at www.montgomerycollege.edu.

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