Free lecture on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12p.m. at the USC-Lancaster Native American Studies Center located at 119 S. Main Street, Lancaster, SC 29720. While family reunions are common among many cultural and ethnic groups in the U.S., for African Americans reunions play an important role in establishing family and cultural identity and preserving family history. This talk, given by Dr. Stephen Criswell will examine the history and significance of African American family reunion tradition from slavery to contemporary times. This event is free and open to the public. Participants are invited to bring a bag lunch.