February 1998

Geronimo Pratt to speak Feb. 23
Black Panther and recently released political prisoner Geronimo ji-Jaga Pratt will speak at the University of Florida on Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m. at the Reitz Union Ballroom.

Geronimo Pratt was one of the world's longest-held political prisoners when he was released last year. He was locked up for 27 years on a framed-up charge of murdering a schoolteacher. The FBI's own surveillance records showed he was hundreds of miles away at the time, and the main witness against him was paid by the police, but still it took this long to secure his release. His speech is free and open to the public.

Sister Souljah to speak Feb. 16
Community organizer, scholar and rap artist Sister Souljah will return to Gainesville February 16, 7 p.m., to speak at the University Auditorium on the University of Florida campus as part of Black History Month.

Sister Souljah last spoke in Gainesville in 1993. She said then, "I come before you as an African woman, that is, an expert on the oppression of African people and how it affects us on every level, whether it is psychologically, economically, militarily, politically or spiritually." Her speech is free and open to the public.

Sweet Honey to sing Feb. 26
Sweet Honey in the Rock will perform Thursday, Feb. 26, Performing Arts Center. Founded in 1973, Sweet Honey is a pioneering group of six African-American women which from the start dared to tell the hard truth in their music.

Bernice Johnson Reagon, perhaps the best-known member of the group, was an organizer in the Civil Rights Movement and sang with the SNCC Singers. Admission is $18.50 for the general public and $10.50 for UF students.

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