Samuel Merritt University Celebrates Black History Month; Lost Conversations and Untold Stories

Samuel Merritt University

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Elizabeth Valente, SMU Media Dir.


Samuel Merritt University Celebrates Black History Month;

Lost Conversations and Untold Stories

(Oakland, CA  February 8, 2011)  Samuel Merritt University (SMU) invites the campus and community to attend a conversation with Betty Reid Soskin, National Park Ranger and Community Outreach Specialist, on Feb. 9, Wednesday, in observance of Black History Month.

Ms. Soskin is the author of "Of Lost Conversations and Untold Stories" and the great-granddaughter of a slave.  She will share some of her personal history as well as the historical importance of World War II, the significance of the Richmond shipyards, and the beginnings of much needed cultural changes in the East Bay.

This is an opportunity to affirm, recognize and appreciate the heritage, struggles, achievements, progress and diversity of African-Americans in our community. 

The program will begin at 12pm in the Peralta Medical Office Building 4003 located at 3100 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA, 94609.  For more information about the event contact Diane Hansen, Director of Academic and Disability Support Services at 510.869.6616. 

Samuel Merritt University, located in Oakland, California, has been educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities since 1909.  Nearly 1,400 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo.  The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, and physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in nursing, physical therapy and podiatric medicine.  For more information visit

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