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November 4, 2002
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Smith Marks Otelia Cromwell Day, Nov. 7,
with Discussion on Race

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Each year Smith College honors its first African-American graduate, Otelia Cromwell, Class of 1900, by offering a variety of events on the topic of racism, diversity and community and encouraging campus participation by suspending afternoon and evening classes. This year Otelia Cromwell Day is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7, and the theme is "Race Matters." All events are free and open to the public.


The Otelia Cromwell Day events begin at 1 p.m. with a panel discussion, titled "Race Matters," which will include staff, faculty and students as panelists and will be followed by a question and answer period along with small-group discussions. The discussion will take place in Sweeney Conert Hall, Sage Hall.


At 4:15 p.m. a reception will be held to celebrate the unveiling of a new portrait of Otelia Cromwell by award-winning watercolorist Richard Yarde in Neilson Library Browsing Room.


At 7:30 p.m. hip-hop poet, actor and playwright Sarah Jones will present her one-woman show "Waking the American Dream," in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. In "Waking," Jones takes the audience on a funny, affecting journey of the immigrant experience through the voice of ten different characters. Of Jones' stage persona, Variety magazine has said, "With her indignation and resilient humor, she knows how to project a kind of authority that's exhilarating to watch."


Additional programming honoring Otelia Cromwell and examining the topic of race will continue throughout the year. Visit the Web site for the Otelia Cromwell Day lecture series at http://www.smith.edu/otelia for additional information.


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