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Distinguished Lecturers Highlight African American History at CCC

Clatsop Community College is honored to announce an inspiring program to mark African American History Month, Friday February 24, 12:00pm – 1:50pm, Columbia Hall Room 219, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. This program is free and open to the public.

Professor James S. Harrison will present a program entitled, “Black Inventors: America’s Best Kept Secret.”  Professor Harrison is an instructor of history and humanities and Chair of the History & Humanities Department on the Cascade Campus of Portland Community College. He has been on the PCC faculty since 1993 and is the recipient of two of the highest teaching honors: Excellence in Teaching 1996 and nomination to the Great Teachers Institute in 1998.  A native of South Carolina, Professor Harrison was active in work against discriminatory practices and in voter registration and education in New York during the 1960s.

Following Professor Harrison’s talk, Dr. Stephen Berk will speak on “Mississippi Summer: SNCC and the Mississippi Voting Rights Campaign.” Dr. Berk is a member of the Clatsop Community College Board of Directors. He spent thirty-four years as professor of American history at California State University, Long Beach, retiring in 2004 and moving to Astoria. He is the author of A Time to Heal: John Perkins, Community Development, and Racial Reconciliation (1997).

Following the presentations, Dr. Patrick Kane, CCC instructor in history and political science, will moderate a discussion/question session.

Professor James S. Harrison: 

Photo image of Professor James S Harrison

Please direct inquiries to: Patricia Warren, 503-338-2306.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. ADA accessible: for other accommodations call 503-338-2474; TDD 503-338-2468 at least 24 hours in advance of the event.

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