'The Power of Our People' is message for this year's African-American Children and Families Conference

UNI NEWS SERVICES – The University of Northern Iowa College of Education will host the eighth annual African-American Children and Families Conference from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22, in the Schindler Education Center. A pre-conference will be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21, in Maucker Union. The theme for this year's conference is "The Power of Our People, Strength Through History, Culture, Hope, Experience and Collective Stories."

African-American Children and Families Conference

This conference is designed for educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcers, policy makers, health care professionals, social workers, business leaders and students of all ages. The goal of the conference is to promote a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American families. Participants will engage in networking, sharing ideas and meeting new colleagues to improve the quality of life for African-American children and families.

Keynote speakers for this event are Jamila Lyiscott, social justice education scholar, nationally renowned speaker, spoken-word artist and educational consultant, and Louis Hilton, former professor of history of African-American education and currently an educational consultant. Mickye Wilfred Johnson, director of UNI's Classic Upward Bound, is the keynote speaker for the pre-conference.

Both conferences are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty as well as middle and high school students. For more information or to register, visit aac.uni.edu/ or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or gloria.holmes@uni.edu



Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-273-2007, gloria.holmes@uni.edu

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