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Feb. 25-28: 39th Pan African Student Leadership Conference

Two keynote speakers headline conference, to be held in Twin Cities this year.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 2-19-2015

Mankato, Minn. – Two nationally recognized keynote speakers will headline Minnesota State University, Mankato’s 39th Dr. Michael T. Fagin Pan African Student Leadership Conference, which will be held Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 25-28, in Bloomington, Minn., and Edina, Minn.

This year’s conference is being held in the Twin Cities for the first time this year in order to share it with a wider audience.

Marc Morial, president and CEO of the National Urban League, is the keynote speaker on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m., and the Rev. Dr. Benjamin F. Chavis Jr., former executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), is the keynote speaker on Friday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Both Morial and Chavis will speak at Minnesota State Mankato at Edina, located at 7700 France Ave. S. in Edina. Other portions of the conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel at 3900 American Blvd. W. in Bloomington, just across I-494.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Understanding Our Past to Direct the Future ‘Sankofa.’”

A brochure and complete schedule and registration information is available online. For more information about the conference, call Michael Fagin at 507-389-1126 or send an email to:

The conference will host delegates from throughout the United States as well as a number of international students and speakers.

Fagin founded the Pan African Student Leadership Conference in 1977 after traveling to West Africa with a few students, and Mahmoud El-Kati, a recurring guest speaker, inspired Dr. Fagin to institutionalize the conference and celebrate Africa and its culture.

The event is sponsored by various community organizations and colleges and departments at Minnesota State Mankato.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,376 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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