ADA — A panel discussion of "Why Study Black History?" will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at East Central University in honor of Black History Month.

Five members of the ECU community will address the question in the Regents Room in the Memorial Student Union. The moderator will be Dr. Shirley Mixon, professor and chair of the business education and office technology department and director of the Oscar L. Parker Center for the Advancement of Ethical Standards in Business and Society.

The panel, which is free and open to the public, is a "Lift Your Voice" event sponsored by ECU's Association of Black Students and the Human Diversity Committee.

The panel includes:

Elmer Cunningham, a senior social work major from Eufaula, president of the Human Resources Club and a leader in the Association of Black Students.

Dr. Barbara Lehman, associate professor of education, who holds a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma, as well as degrees from the University of Central Oklahoma and Worcester State College.

Charles Peaden, instructor of political science, who is completing his Ph.D. at Oklahoma State University in environmental science and holds a master's degree in political science from OSU. He has been trained by the Oklahoma Partnership on Public Deliberation, which focuses on conflict resolution, and serves on ECU's Human Diversity Committee.

Quinton Roberts, a sophomore psychology major from Ardmore who is an active volunteer with the Human Diversity Committee and the Association of Black Students.

Dr. Vivian Whitney, ECU grants research specialist who holds degrees from the University of Houston and the University of Texas-Dallas, as well as a master's degree in African American studies from Southern Methodist University.

Mixon holds degrees from Grambling State University and Oklahoma State University.

For more information, phone Stephanie Cooper, (580) 310-5234; Christine Pappas, 310-5640; or Elaine Rhynes, 310-5669.

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