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Symposium Examines the African-American Family

Symposium Examines the African-American Family

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (March 13, 2008) - “The African-American Family” is the focus of the University of Central Missouri’s Fourth Biennial Africana Studies Symposium, planned for  March 27-28 in Kansas City and on the UCM campus in Warrensburg.

Freeman A. Hrabowski
Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of The University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Freeman A. Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is the featured speaker for the event as it kicks off Thursday, March 27. He will speak at 6 p.m. at the Urban Lights Awards Ceremony at the Gem Theatre in Kansas City’s historic 18th and Vine Jazz District, followed by a book-signing from 7 to 8 p.m.

Hrabowski has served as president of UMBC since 1992. His research and publications focus on the participation and performance of African-American males. He is the author of two books on the subject, “Beating the Odds” and “Overcoming Odds.” He serves as consultant to the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, and universities and school districts across the nation, and serves on several corporate and civic boards.

Friday, March 28, the symposium continues on the UCM campus with free workshops planned for 9 a.m. to noon in the Elliott Union. Topics include “Grief and Loss in the African-American Family,” “Wellness and Prevention for Black Families,” “Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System,” “Positive Economics for the Black Family,” “African-Americans and Mental Health Service,” and “Raising Responsible Children Using Love and Logic.”

During the noon luncheon that will follow, Hrabowski will deliver the Felice Hill Gaines Lecture in Africana Studies in Elliott Union 236.

Seating for all events, including the luncheon, is free, but limited, with reservations required by email at For more information, contact Delia Gillis at, Jenise Comer at, or call 660-543-8620.

Additional information about the symposium and the UCM Africana Studies program is available at