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March 2, 2010 Cindy Hess
(502) 852-1105
cindy.hess@louisville.edu

Conference to focus on building strong black families

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Modern black families face a long list of challenges such as single parenting, making the most of their education and ensuring the communities they live in are healthy and safe.

Educators, motivational speakers and community leaders from around the United States will gather at the downtown Hyatt Regency March 11-13 to explore those issues and others at the University of Louisville’s annual National Conference on the Black Family in America.

“Saving the Black Family” is the theme of this year’s conference, which will feature talks, discussion groups, exhibits and a separate track for middle and high school youth. Conference highlights include:

  • Joy DeGruy of Portland, Ore., who wrote the book, “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing,“ will discuss the residual impact of slavery on African Americans descendants in her opening address March 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Byron Garrett, chief executive officer of the Chicago-based National Parent Teacher Organization and listed as one of Ebony magazine’s “Most Influential Black Americans,” will lead a free, public community workshop March 12 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • Julia Hare, motivational speaker and social commentator who founded The Black Think Tank and who has co-written books with her husband, Nathan, on the challenges facing black families, will speak at a banquet March 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Wade Nobles, a San Francisco State University African Studies professor who founded and directs the Institute for the Advanced Study of Black Family, Life and Culture in Oakland, Calif., will speak at a luncheon March 13 at noon
  • Lasana Hotep, a researcher, consultant and entrepreneur, will lead sessions on success strategies for young people at a Youth Symposium March 11, 12 and 13

Attendees can register for the entire conference or for just the Friday night banquet or Saturday luncheon.

For more details, see louisville.edu/culturalcenter/bfc or contact Phyllis Clark or Leondra Gully at 502-852-6656 or blackfamilyconference@louisville.edu.

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