|For Immediate Release (00-79)
Date: February 9, 2001
Contact: Steve Simon, 240-567-7952
Lecture on Race and
Montgomery College, Rockville February
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
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