Poussaint to Speak at Luncheon as
UAlbany Celebrates Black History
Contact: Catherine Herman (518) 437-4980
ALBANY, N.Y. (February 2, 2005) - Dr. Alvin
Poussaint, professor of psychiatry and faculty
associate dean for Student Affairs at Harvard
Medical School, will be the keynote speaker
at the 26th Annual Martin Luther King/African
Heritage Month luncheon at the University at
Albany. The event will be held on Thursday,
Feb. 10 at noon in the Campus Center Ballroom
on the UAlbany uptown campus. It is free and
open to the public.
Poussaint, who is also director of the Media
Center of the Judge Baker Children's Center
in Boston, was a script consultant to NBC's "The
Cosby Show" and continues to consult to
the media as an advocate of more responsible
programming. An expert on race relations in
America and the dynamics of prejudice, he is
co-author of Lay My Burden
Down, 2000. He has
written dozens of articles and believes that
extreme (violent) racists suffer from a delusional
Poussaint, born in East Harlem, received his
M.D. from Cornell University in 1960. He completed
his postgraduate training at UCLA, where he
served as chief resident in psychiatry and
pursued research in psychopharmacology. From
1965 to 1967 he was Southern Field Director
of the Medical Committee for Human Rights in
Mississippi, providing medical care to civil
rights workers and aiding in the desegregation
of health facilities throughout the south.
He joined Harvard University in 1969.
Former distinguished keynote speakers at the
Martin Luther King Luncheon include Julian
Bond, James Farmer and Randall Robinson.
Other speakers will present lectures throughout
the month to help the University celebrate
Black History Month. They are free and open
to the public.
Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Humanities
Michael Hurt, sire archon for Sigma Pi Phi
fraternity, will discuss "Eminent Black
Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Humanities
Kenneth Braswell, an Albany community leader
and former editor of Urban Voices newspaper,
will give a lecture on "Community Service:
A Moral Imperative."
Sunday, Feb. 20, at 9:30 a.m. at the Cathedral
of All Saints in Albany
Roberta Hall Slade, adjunct lecturer of music
at Hudson Valley Community College will lecture
on "Eminent Black Musicians."
Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Humanities
Tanisha Mallett, reporter for WTEN-TV, will
discuss "Diversity in the Media."