Northern State to present Black History Month speaker, Lawrence Diggs

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Lawrence Diggs will be speaking on the topic of “Erasing Imaginary Lines” in observance of Black History Month at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the Northern State University Centennial Room.

According to the South Dakota Humanities Speaker’s Bureau site, “Erasing Imaginary Lines” makes the case that “the distinctions we make based on ‘race’ are imaginary lines that have no basis in science or nature. It points out how imaginary lines separate us from people who could be valuable employees, church members or our dearest friends. It will give you plenty of cause to rethink your ideas of ‘race’ and escape your cultural imprisonment.”

Diggs has written and produced documentaries, books and given presentations on various topics around the world. He has been the recipient of numerous awards from various countries, including a Medal of Honor with gold stars from Burkina Faso, which he was given after helping design and create a national emergency medical system for the country. He also founded the International Vinegar Museum located in Roslyn.

The NSU College of Arts and Sciences is sponsoring the event. It is free and open to the public.

Diggs will also present some of his poetry at the jazz and chess night preceding the presentation. Jazz and chess night is held weekly on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in the NSU Wolves Den.

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