Marlboro College

News Activist Elaine Brown lectures on “New Age Racism” at Marlboro College, March 6

Marlboro, VT- (February 25, 2007) – Social activist and former chairperson of the Black Panther party, Elaine Brown, will be the first speaker in Marlboro College’s “On the Record” lecture series, Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in the Whittemore Theater.

Entitled “New Age Racism,” Brown’s presentation deconstructs the history of racism, gender oppression and class disparity, while empowering people to work toward an inclusive and egalitarian world society. Admission to this event is free and open to the public.

Brown is the first speaker in Marlboro College’s “On the Record” series of lectures, presentations and performances in celebration of its 60th anniversary. Information about Brown and future “On the Record” events can be found at www.marlboro.edu.

HBO recently optioned Brown’s 1992 memoir, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story, for use in its upcoming six-part series, “The Black Panthers.” The memoir follows Brown’s life from childhood through her experiences in the Black Panther Party during the 1970s.

Brown is currently co-authoring the book, For Reasons of Race and Belief: The Trials of Jamil Al-Amin, slated for publication in 2008. Al-Amin (formerly H. Rap Brown) was arrested in 2000 for allegedly shooting two police officers. Supporters believe that al-Amin did not get a fair trial and that his innocence has been proven by another man’s confession to committing the crime.

In February of 2007, Brown declared her candidacy for the Green Party presidential nomination. Last December, however, she withdrew her candidacy and resigned her affiliation with the Green Party, stating that “the leadership of the Green Party of the United States has been seized by neo-liberal men who entrench the Party in internecine antagonisms so as to compromise its stated principles and frustrate its electoral and other goals.”

Brown is also the director of the Michael Lewis Legal Defense Committee, dedicated to an appeal for his case, after he was arrested at 13 and sentenced to life in prison for a murder that he did not commit. In 1997 she co-founded the organization “Mothers Advocating for Juvenile Justice” and in 2002 co-founded the “National Alliance for Radical Prison Reform.”

For more information, contact the Marlboro College Public Relations Department at (802) 251-7644 or pr@marlboro.edu. Event cancellation notices due to inclement weather can be heard at 802-451-7151.

Celebrating 60 years, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused on Internet technologies. Its 330 undergraduate students enjoy an 8:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the community and individualized courses of study on a 350-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont.

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