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URI’s Feinstein Providence Campus sponsors Rhode Island’s ‘Take Back The Night’ march against domestic violence’

Media Contact: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-4500

Event features speakers, concert, art exhibit

PROVIDENCE, R.I -- September 27, 2005 -- The University of Rhode Island’s Feinstein Providence Campus will host the 27th Annual ‘Take Back the Night’ event with speakers, a march through the streets of Providence, and a concert on Friday, September 30th.

Free and open to the public, the events begin at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the URI Providence Campus on 80 Washington St. in Providence.

The 27th Annual Take Back The Night March Against Violence Against Women begins at 6:30 pm URI Providence Campus. An opening ceremony will feature guest speakers, including Donna M. Hughes, URI Professor and Eleanor M. and Oscar M. Carlson Endowed Chair in Women's Studies, Alison Bologna from WJAR News Channel 10 and a drumming performance by DrumSisters.

The march through Providence will be followed at 8 pm by a free concert in the URI Paff Auditorium with new works entitled “Sweet Novena” by local composer and jazz artist Kim Trusty. Ms. Trusty’s work was inspired by and honors her mother and her grandmother and their battles with cancer and elder abuse.

In it’s 27th year, the march is an international event against violence against women. Rhode Island has participated since 1979 in this symbolic “speak out” against all forms of violence against women in the home, on the streets and in the workplace. It is a gathering to break the silence about continued abuse of women, and to celebrate the accomplishments realized through the hard work of volunteers, staff-members, boards of directors, law enforcement, and legislators.

Also at the event is an exhibit of the Clothesline Project and Simone Spruce Speaks - 400 Years of Silence: Afrocentricity, a series of works by Simone Spruce inspired by 15 Apocrypha Books focusing on contemporary black issues, issues of black men, breast cancer and domestic violence. Spruce is an African-American woman artist new to Rhode Island. The exhibit will feature three books of her work. The artworks amplify contemporary issues in light of spiritual writings, moral and ethical principals. The exhibit is located at the URI Providence Campus first and 2nd floor lobbies.

The Take Back The Night march, concert and exhibit is sponsored by the URI Providence Campus and begins the recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

For information call URI at 277-5206, or jlglass53@aol.com