Former NFL player Quinn Early to highlight this year's Men of Change conference

UNI NEWS SERVICES – Educational Talent Search, a program of the University of Northern Iowa Center for Urban Education (UNI-CUE), is sponsoring the second annual Men of Change conference on Friday, May 17, at UNI-CUE, 800 Sycamore Street, Waterloo, Iowa.Quinn Early

The conference will host 50 minority young men in grades 7 through 10 from the Waterloo middle and high schools who participate in the Educational Talent Search program. These young men will be given the opportunity to engage with minority community leaders on the following topics

  • How to conduct yourself during a traffic stop with Lawrence Daniel, juvenile court officer
  • Social media and life skills with Rep. Ras Smith
  • "Perseverance Before Glory" with Anthony James, former UNI basketball player
  • Academics and sports with Darius Hart, Anthony Thomas and Byron Phillips from the Waterloo school district

Quinn Early is the featured speaker and will discuss life lessons with the young men. Early is a former professional football player, Iowa Hawkeyes receiver, Hollywood stuntman for Will Smith and Laurence Fishburne, and advocate for Alzheimer's research. He travels the nation discussing his late mother's book, "Bryant Acres," which is a biography of Early's relative Sherrod Bryant, one of the richest free black men in the colonial South.

Facilitators and additional guest speakers will include: Mark Nook, UNI president; Quentin Hart, mayor of Waterloo; Lance Dunn, Waterloo human resource director; Robert Smith Jr., UNI-CUE director; Darron Greer, Waterloo postmaster; and Jon Cox, former UNI basketball player.

For more information about the Men of Change conference, contact Carlos Frazier, recruiter and advisor for UNI-CUE's Educational Talent Search, at 319-273-4795 or


Carlos Frazier, recruiter and advisor, Educational Talent Search, 319-273-4795,

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