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Feb. 5: Psychologist Umar Johnson

Presentation is titled "Hidden Colors of Melanin."

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office Announcement, 2-4-2014

Mankato, Minn. -- Certified psychologist Umar Johnson will give a presentation titled "Hidden Colors of Melanin" at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5 in Minnesota State University, Mankato's Ostrander Auditorium.

Johnson's presentation is free and open to the public.

Johnson, a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator, is considered a national expert on learning disabilities and their effects on black youth. A national lecturer, he is also an expert on helping adults modify challenging behaviors that can ultimately lead to disruptive disorder diagnoses in young black men.

For more information on Johnson, visit his website here.

This event is sponsored by Institutional Diversity at Minnesota State Mankato and the student organization, Black Intelligent Gentlemen.

For more information about this event, please contact Shayla Braunshausen, interim director of the Center for African American Affairs, by phone at 507-389-5296 or by email at

Institutional Diversity

Institutional Diversity actively promotes a campus-wide cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of differences. Our staff provides direct services to students, and hosts enriching educational programs, cultural activities and insightful conferences for area youth, students, faculty, and staff.

Institutional Diversity extends a warm welcome to students or every culture and background, including African American, Asian American, American Indian and Latino.

For more information, please visit the Institutional Diversity website here.

Black Intelligent Gentlemen (B.I.G.)

The mission of B.I.G. is to uplift and inspire African American men to operate to their maximum potential both personally and academically. We strive to provide an environment in which black males from all walks of life can come together in brotherhood and collaboration to learn, grow and develop one another. By providing opportunities and access where they wouldn’t normally exist, B.I.G works to defy the odds and show that black men can achieve excellence!

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