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California State University, Sacramento

Posted: April 24, 2000


African Issues Focus of CSUS Conference

Color-blind racism, Rwanda and the changing African family are among the topics at an upcoming conference at California State University, Sacramento. "Africans in the Americas: Past Present and Future" will be May 4-6 in the several rooms in the University Union.

The opening address, "Strategies for Dealing with Racial Profiling and Police Brutality," will be given by Don Casimere, director of Sacramento's office of police accountability. The keynote address "Africans in the Americas: Past, Present and Future," by Ali Mazrui of the Institute of Global and Cultural Studies at New York's Binghamton University will follow at 11 a.m.

Other conference highlights include:

"Africans in America," a panel of speakers discussing such topics as African immigrants and crime, Islam and African Muslims in the United States, and gender, culture and immigration, will be from 1:15-3:25 p.m., Friday, May 5.

"African/American Relations and International Policy" will focus on color-blind racism, Rwanda and maintaining racial harmony from 10:30 a.m.-noon, Saturday, May 6.

"The Changing African Family in America" will address the African woman's perception of marriage, family violence among immigrant African families and the state of traditional African marriage values in a single parent society from 8:45-10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 6.

"African U.S. Diaspora, Crime and Law" will cover fear of black crime, profiling, the impact of changing civil rights laws, and myths about race and crime, also from 8:45-10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 6.

Africa/African American Studies and Curriculum Development will touch on ebonics, recruitment of African American leaders for urban schools and mentoring, also from 8:45-10:45 a.m., Saturday, May 6.

Other talks will focus on Africans in Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America; African-American relations and international policy; youth peace visits to Ghana; and African documentaries.

The ninth annual conference is sponsored by the CSUS Center for African Peace and Conflict Resolution. More information and a complete conference schedule are available at www.csus.edu/org/afpeace or by calling (916) 278-6282.

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