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Speaker To Discuss Empowerment Through Education And The Arts At WIU

February 25, 2002

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The Gwendolyn Brooks Cultural Center will present Bettye Jo Bonds -- a creative artist, a passionate educator and gifted quilter and doll maker -- at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 in the Union Heritage Room on the campus of Western Illinois University. Bonds will discuss “African American Traditions of Excellence: Empowerment Through Education and the Arts.”

With an unquenchable appetite for knowledge, a passionate love for reading and an unshakeable faith and commitment, Bonds exemplifies the talents and educational excellence in the African American community. With only a high school diploma Bonds taught her daughter (now a Dartmouth graduate) and her grandmother to achieve academic excellence. A compelling result of her teaching success is that Bonds has had more requests than she could accommodate to tutor students at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.

Bonds’ presentation, which is co-sponsored by the WIU Women’s Center, Casa Latina Cultural Center, the African American Studies Department and the Visiting Lecturers Committee, will also feature a quilt exhibit and a display of crafts and artifacts. This event is open free to the public.

For more information or to request special accommodations due to a disability, call 309/298-2220.

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