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Presentation to examine race, poverty and privilege, Feb. 27

Jacob Holdt, vagabond, photographer and activist, will be on campus Friday, Feb. 27, to present "American Pictures," a slide show and live narrative examining race, poverty and privilege in America. The event will begin at 7 p.m. in McCosh 50.

Holdt, a young Dane, arrived in America in 1971 for a short visit with only $40 in his pocket. He ended up staying more than five years, hitchhiking some 100,000 miles across the country. He sold blood plasma twice weekly to buy film for his camera. He lived in more than 400 homes -- from the poorest migrant workers to America's wealthiest families.

Back in Denmark he put together the photos he had taken into a multimedia show called "American Pictures." It was shown in 14 countries between 1976 and 1982. The show then moved to America, where Holdt has since presented it in hundreds of venues. The show has been updated constantly, and one-fourth of the pictures are now from the 1990s. Holdt worked closely with leading educators, psychologists and workshop counselors throughout America and Europe in order to best incorporate universal themes of oppression.

This event is being organized by eight Princeton students who spent fall break traveling throughout the South meeting with civil rights activists and survivors. They hope to raise awareness about the need for a continuing civil rights movement to address racial and social inequality.

Events to follow on Saturday, Feb. 28, include a 10 a.m. workshop on racism with Holdt and a 2 p.m. panel of student, faculty and community organizers called "Apathy and Activism." The location for these events will be announced on the event's Web site .

The showing of "American Pictures" is sponsored by the Pace Center for Community Service, Dialogue@Princeton, the Student Volunteers Council and the Princeton Justice Project. For more information, contact Jennifer Brea .

Contact: Ruth Stevens (609) 258-3601

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