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Olivet College to host Women of Color Luncheon Feb. 16
Feb 04, 2011

In celebration of Black History Month, Olivet College is hosting its annual Women of Color Luncheon Wednesday, Feb. 16 at noon in the colleges Oaks Dining Hall. The luncheon, which features Deborah Meadows, board member of the African American Cultural and Historic Museum of Washtenaw County, is sponsored by Olivet’s Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center.

Meadows will discuss the history of the Underground Railroad and its path from Battle Creek to Ann Arbor. She will also address “Father” John J. Shipherd’s contribution to the abolitionist movement and Olivets possible role in the Underground Railroad. Shipherd, who founded the college in 1844, was an avid abolitionist, and from the time the institution was established, its founders and leaders believed an education should be available to anyone regardless of gender, race or financial means.

This event is open to the public and complimentary tickets may be obtained from Dianne Thomas, director of the Betsy Dole Women’s Resource Center, in the Margaret Upton Conservatory, Room 141, or by calling (269) 749-6638.


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