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Storyteller Estizer Smith to trace Parents’ Civil Rights Work in 1960s

Black History Month Program at Moravian College- February 24

Bethlehem, Pa., February 19, 2009— Photographer and storyteller Estizer Smith will visit Moravian College and take the audience along on a journey to Lowndes County in Alabama as she traces her parents' civil rights work in the 1960s. Smith’s talk, part of Moravian College Black History Program, will be held on Tuesday, February 24 at 7 p.m., UBC Room, Haupet Union Building (HUB). The talk is open to the public and admission is free of charge.

Her biography on the Banana Factory’s website, tells of how Smith grew up in the South, the youngest of six children, four boys and two girls. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology at Hampton University in Hampton, Va. and went on to enjoy a rewarding career teaching science to high school students in three different states. In 2004, Multiple Sclerosis made it impossible for her to continue teaching. “At the end of my career, and in the middle of my life, I walked into the Banana Factory and found a new beginning... photography.”

The site tells of how Estizer combined her newfound interest in photography with her desire to enrich young people’s lives through education by becoming an instructor for the Banana Factory's B-Smart afterschool enrichment program. She now teaches digital photography to at-risk youth throughout the Lehigh Valley, and she also speaks to student groups about her ongoing documentary work. “I use my photography in many different ways. One is for others to create family treasures. Another is as documentation of people and, sometimes, places that I feel compelled and responsible to leave record of. Still another is for me. My photography soothes my soul.”  Smith’s photography is on display until March 15, 2009 at The Banana Factory, Banko Family Room Gallery, 25 W. Third St., Bethlehem, Pa. To view her art visit: http://www.estizersmithphotography.com/

The talk is sponsored by Moravian College’s History Department, Office of Institutional Diversity, Women’s Studies, History Club, and Phi Alpha Theta.

Moravian College is a private, coeducational, selective liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America’s sixth-oldest college. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.