On Wednesday, Feb. 23, the city of Winston-Salem will honor Carl W. Matthews and students from Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University who participated in a sit-in against segregated lunch counters 40 years ago to the day. At 2:30 p.m., the public is invited to join in a commemorative walk from the Sawtooth Center on Marshall Street to 11 W. Fourth St. where a historical marker will be dedicated. The dedication ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. and Winston-Salem Mayor Jack Cavanagh will preside. Matthews and many of the original student protesters will attend the ceremony. The walk and marker dedication is part of a two-day celebration honoring the 40th anniversary of the sit-ins and Black History Month. For more information call the News Service or visit http://civilrights.wfu.edu.
The two-day celebration of a student sit-in held 40 years ago by students at Wake Forest and Winston-Salem State University will conclude with a “Unity Sing” on Thursday, Feb. 24, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in Wait Chapel. The concert will feature music groups from both universities including Inspirational Voices of WSSU, God’s Workmanship from Wake Forest, the Wake Forest Gospel Choir and the WSSU Choir. The event is free and open to the public.
Dressed in traditional African costume, the Ballet d’ Afrique Noire will present a dancing and drumming workshop at 1:30 p.m. -2:45 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18, in Benson University Center, Room 410. Photographers are welcome. At 8 p.m., the group will perform “The Mandinka Epic: West African Musical Theater” in Wait Chapel as part of the Secrest Artists Series. Mandinka music has become popular in the world music scene and is familiar from films such as “The Lion King.” The events are part of the university’s celebration of Black History Month.
Experts on women, science and technology will gather at Wake Forest Feb. 21-22. Mary Frank Fox, sociologist and expert on gender, science and the professions, will speak at 4 p.m. Feb. 21 in Olin Physical Laboratory, Room 101. She will discuss the effects of gender on higher education in the sciences. Fox, professor in the School of History, Technology and Society at Georgia Tech, is co-author of “Women at Work.” Sue V. Rosser, dean of Georgia Tech’s Ivan Allen College, will lecture at 7 p.m. Feb. 21 on “Re-Engineering Female Friendly Science.” Her book of the same title has been influential in advancing women in science. The events are part of the “Women, Science and Technology Symposium.” Call the News Service for a complete schedule.
Penelope Manasco, vice president of worldwide clinical genetics, communications and education at Glaxo Wellcome Inc., will discuss “Medicine for the Millennium” at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Olin Physical Laboratory, Room 101. Manasco has been a leader in the establishment of international multidisciplinary teams to develop and implement genetics communication, education and public policy initiatives. Manasco will also participate in a panel discussion on education and career issues for women in science at 4 p.m. The events are part of Wake Forest’s two-day “Women, Science and Technology Symposium.”
The race for the Republican nomination between presidential hopefuls John McCain and George W. Bush is heating up as the South Carolina primary approaches on Saturday. Professor of Politics Jack Fleer said Bush has lost some ground to McCain who is actively seeking support from Democrats and independents. This may be an important factor since South Carolina is an open primary and not restricted only to registered Republicans, Fleer added. Fleer’s expertise includes national, state and local politics. He teaches “Political Parties and Voting Behavior” and other courses on American politics. To interview Fleer, contact the News Service.
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