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January 17, 2002

Museum founder and artist to speak at Black Cultural Center

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Margaret Burroughs, founder of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago, will speak at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, at Purdue's Black Cultural Center.

Renee Thomas, Black Cultural Center director, says Burroughs also is a respected poet, artist, author, educator and civic leader.

"Dr. Burroughs has been recognized by universities and cultural organizations worldwide," Thomas says. "She is the recipient of six honorary degrees and more than 60 honors and awards. The BCC program is a tribute to her work as an artist, as well as a celebration of her institutional creations, especially the DuSable Museum."

Burroughs was honored by President Jimmy Carter in 1980 as one of 10 outstanding black artists in the country. Several of Burroughs' original lithocuts and pen and ink prints will be on display at the Black Cultural Center throughout February.

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