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Feb. 7-9: 42nd Annual Pan African Student Leadership Conference

Theme of conference is “Vindicating the Suffering of Our Ancestors and Earning the Respect of Future Generations.”

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 1-31-2018

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Mankato, Minn. – The 42nd annual Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference will be held Wednesday-Friday, Feb. 7-9 at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Vindicating the Suffering of Our Ancestors and Earning the Respect of Future Generations.”

The focus of the conference is to build student leaders and provide an opportunity for academic scholars, students, professionals and community members to discuss issues that affect African-American people.

The conference schedule and registration information are available online.

Conference highlights include a keynote address by Bernard LaFayette Jr. (pictured), civil rights movement activist and authority of the strategy on nonviolent social change, Friday, Feb. 9 in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom.

A Friday, Feb. 9 panel discussion will include state Rep. Ilhan Omar, the first elected Somali-American Muslim legislator elected to a state legislature in the United States, and Minneapolis City Council Member Andrea Jenkins, the first transgender woman of color elected to public office in the United States.

Other speakers during the conference include (in alphabetical order): M. Adams, community organizer and co-executive director of Freedom, Inc.; Charlene Carruthers, Black Youth Project 100 national director; Damon Davis, film director; Mawuli Davis, lawyer and civil rights attorney; Paris Hatcher, co-founder of SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW; and Bernadeia Johnson, former Minneapolis Public Schools superintendent.

For more information, contact Kenneth A. Reid, director of African American and Multicultural Affairs at Minnesota State Mankato, by phone at 507-389-6207 or by email at

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 14,712 students, is part of the Minnesota State system, which includes 30 colleges and seven universities.

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