Austin, TX, April 01, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Dr. Degruy to Keynote Austin’s 3rd Annual Louis Gregory Race Unity Symposium.
Winners of the Student Essay Competition to be Awarded Scholarships.
The third Annual Louis Gregory Symposium on Race Unity kicks off in the morning of April 2, 2009, at the Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, featuring Dr. Joy DeGruy as the keynote speaker as well as a panel of diverse and insightful guests. The annual symposia offer constructive presentations and discussions on diversity and unity in our community, and awards scholarships to area college students, winners of the annual essay competition.
In addition to the keynote speaker, panel members include: Rev. Donald Brewington, Chaplain at Huston-Tillotson University; Alan Graham, Founder and President of Mobile Loaves & Fishes; Amy Wong Mok, Founder and CEO of the Asian American Cultural Center; Khotso Khabele, Founder and Executive Director of the Khabele School; and Amparo Garcia-Crow, a UT Professor, playwright and screenwriter. Beverly Reeves, District Ombudsman, Austin ISD, will moderate the panel discussions.
Three Austin area college students, finalists in their essay competition, will present their essays and receive scholarships. The essay competition was open to all Austin area college students, addressing the topic, “Establishing Race Unity: Personal Steps to Move the World”. A total of forty-seven essays were submitted to this year’s competition.
The symposium, which is free of charge, will be held Thursday, April 2, 2009, at the King-Seabrook Chapel, Huston-Tillotson University, 900 Chicon Street, Austin, Texas, 78702, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Registration begins at 10:45 a.m., followed by a prayer service at 11:30 a.m. The symposium is set to begin after lunch break at 1:15 p.m. A reception will be offered after closing from 4:45-6:00 p.m.
Dr. Joy DeGruy (formerly Leary) is a national author and educator with more than twenty years of experience in social work. Her book “Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Enduring Legacy of Injury and Healing” addresses the residual impact of trauma on African descendants in the Americas. Dr. DeGruy is Assistant Professor at Portland State University. http://www.joydegruy.com
The symposium is sponsored by the Baha’i Faith in Austin, the Huston-Tillotson University, Austin Area Interreligious Ministries (AAIM) and the Student Government Association of Huston-Tillotson University.
About the Louis Gregory Annual Symposium on Race Unity
The Louis Gregory Symposium on Race Unity is held annually to foster racial harmony through open, educational and amicable conversations within our community, in honor of Louis Gregory and other pioneering civil rights leaders. Visit: http://www.austinbahai.org
Source: Committee, The Louis Gregory Symposium on Race Unity
Contact: Simonetta Rodriguez