Scholar/Activist to Speak on Legacy of Black and Latino Social Movements

Wednesday, February 9, 2005 - 12:00pm

For immediate release
February 9, 2005

Denise Oliver-Velez, former member of the Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Party, will speak about "The Legacy of Black and Latino Social Movements in the 60s". She will speak on February 24, 2005, 7:00 at Hooker Auditorium on the Mount Holyoke campus in South Hadley. Dr. Oliver-Velez is now an anthropologist teaching at the State University of New York at New Paltz. She continues to be engaged in community and political projects. This event, sponsored by the African-American and African Studies Program, the Department of Politics, and the Community-Based Learning Program, is free, open to the public, and accessible to all.

Oliver-Velez is also an ethnographer and data analyst for two AIDS research projects, the Chairperson of WEMBA--a group of artists and activists based in Ulster County New York, and a priest of Yemaya in the Lucumi Yoruba faith, according to the AfriGeneas website. In past years, she has served as the Executive Director of The Black Filmmaker Foundation, Program Director of WNYC-TV, Program Director and co-founder of WPFW-FM Pacifica radio, and Grants Manager for the Minority and Women's Training Grant Program of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). She served as the Minister of Economic Development and the first woman on the Central Committee for the Young Lords party, a party active in the 1960s and '70s dedicated to the liberation of Puerto Rico and other issues connected with the Puerto Rican community in the U.S.