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Published 2/07/03
"Race Manners" Author to Visit Owens Community College, Thursday, Feb. 27

Nationally-renowned author, Bruce A. Jacobs will visit Owens Community College to address issues of race and diversity highlighted in his book "Race Manners: Navigating the Minefield Between Black and White Americans" on Thursday, February 27. Jacobs' appearance at Owens will culminate a month-long reading initiative coordinated by the Toledo Board of Community Relations and the Building Relationships Toward Racial Harmony group, encouraging discussions about race relations among the Northwest Ohio community.

The event begins at 7 p.m. in the College's Audio/Visual Classroom Center (AVCC), Rooms 123-128 on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from Downtown Toledo. Admission is free and the public is encouraged to attend. A book signing will occur at the conclusion of the program.

Jacobs has described his "Race Manners" book as a practical guide, which challenges Americans to shed their hostile racial presumptions and encourages people to honestly confront racial assumptions and misunderstandings in everyday life. The book also breaks down the workings of racial prejudice in ways that everyone can understand.

"Owens Community College is honored to have such a well-respected and distinguished author as Mr. Jacobs address the Northwest Ohio community, culminating a month-long celebration of Black History," said Tammie Hechler, Owens Coordinator of Employment/Diversity. "His literary works have touched the lives of many individuals nationwide through the inspirational message about the elimination of racial misconceptions. Mr. Jacobs' speech will focus on how society needs to communicate more than ever to dispel the preconceived notions of race through open dialogue among Americans."

A Harvard University graduate earning a bachelor's degree in African-American Studies, Jacobs travels regularly to give readings and speak about race relations to audiences across the country, visiting dozens of churches, community gatherings and colleges and universities. He also has been a guest on more than 30 radio call-in shows and networks, highlighted by appearances on National Public Radio and C-SPAN.

Jacobs, who is recognized as an award-winning poet, has had his writings published in such national magazines and scholarly journals as "American Writing", the "African-American Review" and "Atlanta Review". In 1997, his full-length book of poems "Speaking Through My Skin" was honored with the prestigious Naomi Long Madgett Poetry Prize. His accomplishments also include winning several poetry slams at prominent venues such as the Nuyorican Poets Café in New York City. He previously ran the First Tuesdays Series of poetry readings at Irina's Café in Baltimore.

A native of Rochester, New York, Jacobs has held writing residencies at the MacDowell Colony, Ucross Foundation and at the Chateau de Lesvault in France. He currently resides in Maryland.

For additional information about the event, call 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7102 or (567) 661-7102. Individuals interested in attending the lecture also can take advantage of the TARTA bus service connecting Downtown Toledo and the Oregon Road campus. Free shuttle service will be provided from 5-10 p.m. the day of the event.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Northwest Ohio with 24 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 38,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 140 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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