Jun 13, 2008

Tenth Black Caucus Conference held at El Camino College

Tenth Black Caucus Conference held at El Camino College
Student advocacy group returns to roots with 'Sankofa'

By Kathleen Madden

The Black Caucus of the California Student Association of Community Colleges (CalSACC) held its 10th Annual Black Caucus Leadership Conference (ABCLC), “Sankofa: Honoring our Past, Celebrating the Present, Building our Future,” February 15–16 at El Camino College.
Friday’s activities were kicked off with African drumming and dance, followed by the opening session “Hip Hop Comes to School” by Bryant K. Smith.
Black Caucus Secretary Reginald James deftly facilitated the “Harambee” workshop simultaneously in two separate rooms prior to the dinner speech by Assembly Member Mervyn Dymally. The night closed with a screening of the film ‘Sankofa.”
Saturday morning began with the Soulful breakfast with a keynote address by the California Community Colleges Board of Governors’ Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith. After two morning education sessions by Lasana Hotep and Alonzo Jones, students attended an inspiring keynote address by Congresswoman Maxine Waters during lunch.
Following three motivating afternoon education sessions, President Marlene C. Hurd delivered the ‘State of the Black Caucus’ address before schools elected for the upcoming academic year.

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