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Black Leadership Forum April 5

Elected officials from Greensboro will speak on the topic “Where do we go from here?” at the Black Leadership Forum from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

Speaking will be State Sen. Gladys Robinson, Representatives Marcus Brandon and Alma Adams, and Amos Quick III, vice chairman of the Guilford County Board of Education. The free, public event will be in Alexander Room of Elliott University Center, and is sponsored by the UNCG African American Studies Program.

“In 2010 activist and author Kevin Powell became known for his Huffington Post article ‘Black Leadership is Dead,’” said Charles L. Chavis Jr., an African American Studies major who is organizing the forum. “This event is a tool that will dispel this myth. The panel of elected officials will give us a glimpse of black leadership on the local level. State and local politics are often overlooked in relationship to national campaigns and elections. This is an opportunity for members of the community to know who their local politicians are and what they stand for.”

Dr. Tara Green, director of the African American Studies Program, said the forum will give the community an opportunity to become better informed about issues that directly impact their lives. ‘North Carolinians are preparing for the 2012 national and state elections and 2012 college graduates are faced with new challenges, such as the uncertain job market which has had a major impact on African Americans,” said Green. “Consequently, they need to learn what elected leaders will do, and are doing, to provide hope and stability.”

By Steve Gilliam