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Spike Lee kicks off Oakland University’s African-American History Celebration

Photo of Spike LeeProducer, director and actor Spike Lee will be at Oakland University to kick off Oakland University's month-long African-American History Celebration on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Monday, January 16 at noon in the Oakland Center Banquet Rooms (campus map).

This event is sponsored by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives, Office of Academic Affairs and Provost, College of Arts and Sciences and the Dean of Students. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact the Center for Student Activities at (248) 370-2400 or or the Center for Multicultural Initiatives at (248) 370-4404.

Update! During his speech, Mr. Lee encouraged everyone to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. and the important role he plays in our society and culture. He urged everyone who hasn't already done so to at least read or listen to the entire "I Have a Dream" speech (March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom - 28 August 1963). You can start your research by reading or listening to this (and more) at the The Martin Luther King, Jr., Research and Education Institute. Don't forget to stop by the library for more information. Take a look at the Reference Sources on Black Americans pathfinder as well as any of the many library books about Martin Luther King Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

Interviews with Spike Lee*:

  • Siegel, Lee. Spike Lee: The director talks about movies, race, and Will Smith., Dec. 1, 2005.
  • Massood, Paula J. The Quintessential New Yorker and Global Citizen: An Interview with Spike Lee. Cineaste 28(3): 4-6.
  • Crowdus, Gary and Georgakas, Dan. Thinking about the Power of Images: An
    Interview with Spike Lee. Cineaste 26(2): 4-9.
  • Stockwell, Anne. He don't hate me. Advocate, Aug. 17 2004: 66, 68, 70, 73.
  • Pizzello, Stephen. Spike Lee's seventies flashback. American Cinematographer 80 (6): 50-2.

Online Articles*:

  • "Lee to take spiky look at Katrina." Europe Intelligence Wire (Oct 13, 2005).

Books by/about Spike Lee at the Kresge Library:

  • Baker, Houston A. "Spike Lee and the commerce of culture" in Diawara, Manthia (ed.) Black American cinema. Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1993.
  • Baraka, Amiri. "Spike Lee at the movies" in Diawara, Manthia (ed.) Black American cinema. Publisher: New York : Routledge, 1993.
  • Breskin, David. Inner views : filmmakers in conversation. New York : Da Capo Press, 1997.
  • Lee, Spike. "Dealing to do doable films: Life as a very independent independent filmmaker" in Mosley, Walter (ed.) Black genius : African American solutions to African American problems. New York : W.W. Norton, 1999.
  • Lee, Spike. Five for five : the films of Spike Lee. New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 1991.
  • Lee, Spike. Spike Lee : interviews. Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, 2002.
  • Reid, Mark. Spike Lee's Do the right thing. New York : Cambridge University Press, 1997.

Other Resources:

  • Spike Lee Filmography at
  • Wyatt, Rebecca. Spike Lee to speak on campus Jan. 16. The News @ OU, December 20, 2005.
  • Wyatt, Rebecca. African-American History Celebration begins Jan. 16. The News @ OU, January 10, 2006.
  • More movies, books, etc. related to Spike Lee at Kresge Library.

*Please note, access to some of these online materials is restricted to use by Oakland Students, Faculty, and Staff (or from a computer located on the Oakland network). Find out why...

Created on 12/12/06 by 11/21/02 by Robert Slater / Last updated on 3/7/18 by Robert Slater
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