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Filmmaker Byron Hurt cancels McDaniel visit

McDaniel College has canceled an event scheduled for Tuesday called "The 'N' Word: Let's Talk About It," because the guest speaker can no longer attend due to the impending snow storm.

College spokeswoman Cheryl Knauer said around 2 p.m. Monday that guest speaker Byron Hurt, a documentary filmmaker, canceled his trip.

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It is unknown at this time whether it will be rescheduled.

The college had planned the event for Black History Month because organizers said the "N"-word was being used from students from all kinds of backgrounds across campus. The idea was to hold an open forum where students could discuss their experiences and reactions to the word.

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Jennifer Jimenez Marana, McDaniel's director of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, had invited Hurt to moderate and open the discussion with a talk on the history of the slur and its usage.

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