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"Stop the Hate" Vigil at FSU to Feature Md. Delegate Talmadge Branch

The fourth annual "Stop the Hate Vigil" at Frostburg State University will feature Maryland Delegate Talmadge Branch of Baltimore City as the keynote speaker, along with participants from the campus community.

The vigil will take place Thursday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m., at the Black Student Alliance Fountain outside the Lane University Center. The public is invited to participate. In the event of inclement weather, the vigil will take place in the Lane Center Alice R. Manicur Assembly Hall.

Branch, twice a victim of racial profiling, will speak on this subject. He has served in the Maryland House of Delegates since 1995, and is currently the Deputy Majority Whip and Chair of the Maryland Legislative Black Caucus. For a year, he attended FSU.

A host of campus organizations and university departments are coming together to sponsor the vigil. Members of various student groups will lead responsive readings that reflect the challenge of overcoming discrimination and bigotry. In light of the current global situation, many quotations will be taken from world religions. There will also be a moment of silence for reflection.

The FSU University Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Karen Soderberg, will perform three songs, including two from South Africa. Dr. Greg Latta will play music before and after the vigil.

Anyone interested in sponsoring or participating in this event, or seeking information should call Larry Neumark at (301) 687-7490.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office, (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589