African-American Children and Families Conference Focuses on "Power of Our People"

The annual African-American Children and Families Conference will focus on "The Power of Our People, Strength through History, Culture, Hope, Experience and Collective Stories," during a pre-conference on Thursday, Feb. 21, and a full day of offerings on Friday, Feb. 22, at the Schindler Education Center.

Through this conference, educators, administrators, childcare providers, law enforcers, policymakers, health care professionals, social workers, business leaders and students of all ages gain a better understanding of culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status and the needs of African-American families. Participants will network, share ideas and meet new colleagues centered on improving 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.

This is the eighth annual conference sponsored by the UNI College of Education. Both conferences are open to the public; registration is free for UNI students and faculty as well as middle and high school students. Learn more or register or contact Gloria Kirkland-Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-273-2007 or