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National agenda: Education as pathway to power

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The Eighth African-American Male National Conference (AAMNC), held in conjunction with the 13th Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) State Conference, will focus on the empowerment of African-American males through educational opportunities. The event will be held Oct. 18-19 in Indianapolis. The Eighth African-American Male National Conference (AAMNC), held in conjunction with the 13th Indiana Commission on the Social Status of Black Males (ICSSBM) State Conference, will focus on the empowerment of African-American males through educational opportunities. The event will be held Oct. 18-19 in Indianapolis.

State Rep. Vernon G. Smith (D-Gary), chairman of the AAMNC as well as the vice chair of the ICSSBM, said that the conference will feature speakers who are trailblazers in their fields.

"These men are true leaders and great examples for all of us," said Dr. Smith, who is also an education professor at Indiana University Northwest. Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick of Detroit will be a keynote speaker on Friday. He has led his city into the biggest housing and construction boom in past half century.

"Shemar Moore is an Emmy Award-winning actor and currently stars in the CBS drama Criminal Minds," said Dr. Smith. "Shemar will share his story of success through education during his keynote address Thursday. Dr. Howard Fuller is the former Milwaukee Public Schools Superintendent and currently a distinguished professor of education at Marquette University. He founded the Black Alliance for Educational Opportunities. He will address the conferees during the Friday luncheon.

"During the Thursday luncheon, we will honor one of Indiana's living legends, The Reverend Father Boniface Hardin, who is President and Founder of Martin University in Indianapolis," said Smith. "Father Hardin is a pioneer in education who has transformed the lives of thousands of African-Americans through opportunities in higher education.

"I am truly excited by the lineup we have for this outstanding event," added Dr. Smith. "I encourage everyone interested in the empowerment of African-American men and their effort to reclaim their role in strengthening their families and communities to join us for this dynamic conference."

In addition to the featured speakers, Dr. Smith said that the conference will host sixteen interactive, dynamic workshops on Thursday and Friday.

Advance registration until Friday, Oct. 12, is $110 per person for one day and $135 per person for two days. On-site registration is $135 for one day and $160 for two days. A special rate of $68 for both days is available to college students. Youth registration for Friday, Oct. 19 is $25. Youth chaperone registration is $35. Separate luncheon tickets are available at $30 each.

Special rates for AAMNC conferees are available at the convention hotel, the Adams Mark Hotel, near the Indianapolis International Airport. For hotel reservations, call 317-248-2481. For information about the conference, contact ICSSBM Deputy Director Steven Ingram at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at 317-233-8849.
 

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