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Dr. June Patton, professor of history and public policy at Governors State University, received an invitation recently that requires her birth date and social security number with her acceptance.

While the RSVP may seem unusual, it is perfectly understandable when the invitation comes from the President of the United States.

Professor Patton of Hyde Park was invited to attend the White House celebration of African American History Month on February 12, representing the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), of which she is a member of the Executive Council. ASALH was the founding organization of Black History Week in 1926, which grew into the current month-long observance in 1976.