ATLANTA (Feb. 17, 2015) — Exactly 50 years since the assassination of Malcolm X, Spelman College will host “When Sorrows Come: A Symposium on Death and Dying in African-American Culture.” The program is sponsored by the Spelman College Department of English. According to Michelle Hite, assistant English professor, the forum will address the contemptuous and deadly disregard for Black life across the social, political, and cultural landscapes in the United States since 1965.

Featured symposium speakers include Karla F.C. Holloway, James B. Duke Professor of English, Duke University; novelist Ravi Howard; filmmaker Christine Turner; and Winifred Watts Hemphill, president, South-View Cemetery Association.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

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The program is supported by the Spelman College Social Justice Fellows Program, the Office of the Provost, the Division of College Relations, and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies. Noted Hite, “‘When Sorrows Come: A Symposium on Death and Dying in African-American Culture’ will reflect upon the 50-year timeline of state-sanctioned and prosaic forms of deadly contempt for Black life in the United States.”


Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Spelman College
Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center, NASA Auditorium
GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, Atlanta 30310

Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a highly selective, liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent.  Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Sam’s Club CEO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard University Professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson.  For more information,

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