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Ferauary 3 , 2006

Farmingdale State Honors Black History Month With Speakers Tim Wise and Jesse L. Martin

On Tuesday, February 21, Farmingdale State University of New York will host speakers Tim Wise and Jesse L. Martin in recognition of Black History Month. Tim Wise will appear at 11:00 a.m. and Jesse L. Martin will speak at 6:00 p.m. in the Roosevelt Hall's Little Theater on campus. Both will address issues of equality of the races.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and activists in the United States. He has spoken at over 400 colleges and universities, including Harvard, Stanford and the law schools at Yale, Columbia and Vanderbilt.Wise has provided anti-racism training to teachers nationwide, and conducted trainings with physicians and medical industry professionals on how to combat racial inequities in health care. He has trained corporate, government, and law enforcement officials on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions, and has served as a consultant for plaintiff's attorneys in federal discrimination cases in New York and Washington State.

Wise is the author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White.

Jesse L. Martin plays the compulsive and passionate Detective Ed Green on TV's longest-running drama series, Law and Order. Martin received critical acclaim for his recurring role on Ally McBeal as Ally's boyfriend, Dr. Greg Butters. Martin is a New York University graduate and classically trained stage actor. He lives and works in NYC, where he was an original cast member of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Rent". He has recently re-created his role for the big screen adaptation. He is currently co-producing an off-Broadway play, Fully Committed. Martin has a great respect for education and is committed to helping students and teachers. "If I wasn't acting, I would want to be a teacher."

These highly regarded speakers are brought to the campus through the Farmingdale Student Government and the Office of Affirmative Action. This event is free and open to the public.

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