Black History lectures begin Wednesday

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January 31, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

A special lecture series, "On These Shoulders We Stand," begins this week at City Hall to commemorate Black History Month.

The lectures will be held noon-1 p.m. every Wednesday in February. The sessions will alternate between City Hall, 350 S. 5th St., and the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. 6th St.

The first lecture on Feb. 2 will feature BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, a licensed clinical psychologist who works on mental health issues.

Garrett-Akinsanya is president-elect of the Minnesota Psychological Association, and a nationally noted expert on developmental psychology, multiculturalism and African American health, according to a prepared statement about the lecture series.

David Taylor, dean of the University of Minnesota's General College, will be the featured speaker Feb. 9. Taylor has written and lectured on African Americans' migration to Minnesota.

Taylor is the guest curator of "Our GatherPlaces," a Minnesota Historical Society exhibit that opened in 1998.

Jessica Lynn Jackson-Hughes, an attorney with Blackwell Igbanugo, a Minneapolis law firm, will speak Feb. 16. She specializes in high-profile employment discrimination and harassment cases.

Jackson-Hughes has also worked as an associate to the director of the University of Minnesota's Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action and for the Employment Team in the Civil Division of the Hennepin County Attorney's Office.

Robin Magee, a criminal law professor at Hamline University School of Law, is the final speaker on Feb. 23. Before taking the Hamline post, Magee served as a Bigelow Fellow and Lecturer of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and as a law clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

In private practice, she focused on entertainment, criminal and tax law.

Hennepin County Commissioner Gail Dorfman and City Councilmember Natalie Johnson Lee (5th Ward) are co-hosting the lecture series sponsored by Hennepin County, the city of Minneapolis and the Municipal Building Commission. Refreshments will be provided during the talks.

Locations for the lectures are as follows:

- BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, Wednesday, Feb. 2, in the Minneapolis City Council Chambers, room 317;

- David Taylor, Feb. 9, Hennepin County Board Room, A-24;

- Jessica Lynn Jackson-Hughes, Feb. 16, City Council Chambers, room 317; and

- Robin Magee, Feb. 23, Hennepin County Board Room, A-24.