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Contact: NIU Women’s Studies
(815) 753-1038

February 11, 2008

Editor's Note: This event has been cancelled. No events will be held the week of Feb. 18 due to the tragedy that took place on our campus Feb. 14.

Equality trailblazer Icilda Flournory
will speak during Black Heritage Month

DeKalb, Ill. — In honor of Black Heritage Month, Icilda Flournory, who in 1959 became Northern Illinois University’s first female African-American professor, will speak at noon Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Capital Room South of Holmes Student Center.

The free event is open to the public.

Icilda and Richard Flournory and their children were among the first black families to live in DeKalb after World War II. NIU hired Icilda as a part-time faculty member in 1959. She later became a full-time professor in the Home Economics Department, where she worked until she retired in 1987.

Denise Rode, director of orientation and first-year experience at NIU, will interview Flournory about her life story. Flournory will also share her perspectives on race relations at NIU.

The event is sponsored by the NIU Women’s Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Regional History Center.