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To commemorate Black History Month, Trinity's education and history departments have invited a historian of American race relations to talk about racial equality in the United States. Dr. Anna-Lisa Cox will present a public lecture titled "Educating for Equality: Race, Integration, and Education on the Midwestern Frontier" Thursday, February 26 at 7 pm in the Frank & Grace Ozinga Grand Lobby of the Ozinga Chapel.

Cox is an accomplished storyteller who links landmark events of U.S. history to contemporary issues occurring in the nation. The Spencer Foundation awarded her a grant to study integrated education in the Midwest during the 19th century, and that research will be the basis of her presentation.

"We are happy to have someone of Dr. Cox's background and expertise come to our campus," said Trinity history professor John Fry. "We hope that her lecture will help the Trinity community to reflect historically on today's educational issues."

Cox's book, "A Stronger Kinship: An Extraordinary Story of Racial Equality in Nineteenth-Century America," is due to be published in 2005. She is a current scholar in residence at the Newberry Library in Chicago. She has a master's degree in social anthropology from Cambridge University and a doctorate in history from the University of Illinois.

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