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Speaker to Share Stories of the Civil Rights Movement

2/23/2007 —

Experience stories of the civil rights movement told by Lenwood Sloan, director of cultural and heritage tourism for the Pennsylvania Tourism Office, Thursday, March 1, when Penn State York continues its Black History Month celebration with “PA Quest for Freedom: Reflections, Projections, and Truths.” Sloan will share his experiences and work at noon in the Community Room of the Joe & Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center at the campus. The program is free and open to the public.

Sloan conceived and developed a seven community six county program entitled “Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Prelude to Gettysburg.” The program consists of comprehensive landmark murals, pathfinders, roadside signage, interpretive pedestals, and marker installations at more than 200 sites in the state. He is also developing a living history program which will place 36 interpretive players in costume and first person in the seven communities of Wrightsville, York, Hanover, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Carlisle, and Harrisburg.

Sloan is well-known in the education and humanities communities and cultural heritage industry as a catalyst for creative collaboration and a facilitator for effective interagency and interdisciplinary projects. His body of creative work and cultural projects of excellence spans 30 years.

Sloan has also served as primary research associate and narrator for the Emmy winning “Ethnic Notions about 19th Century Stereotypes” and both starred in and researched the upcoming biography for PBS on TREME – the oldest continuing African American community in the country. The series is produced by Winton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center History Project.

This program is sponsored by the Penn State York Diversity Committee.

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