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May 14, 2002
DH-02-TK-037
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Advisory

California State University, Dominguez Hills
Stages Douglass-Bethune Graduation Celebration


Carson, CA - California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), celebrates the 7th Annual Frederick Douglass & Mary McLeod Bethune Graduation Celebration.

WHO: Dr. James Turner, Director of the Africana Studies and Research Center, Cornell University

WHAT: California State University, Dominguez Hills 7th Annual Frederick Douglass & Mary McLeod Bethune Graduation Celebration

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sculpture Garden

WHEN: Friday, May 17, 2002 from 3 - 5 p.m.

Dr. James Turner, director of the Africana Studies and Research Center at Cornell University, will address the Douglass-Bethune graduation celebration of Africana students of Cal State University Dominguez Hills during a special ceremony in the campus Sculpture Garden. Co-sponsored by the Cal State Dominguez Hills Department of Africana Studies and the Pan African Student Union, the celebration is designed to recognize those graduating students of African descent.

As part of the ceremony, a new "Queen Mother" will be instooled, or inducted into the select group of women who have been elevated to queen mothers. The Queen Mother is an African religious and political institution. The office is considered sacred and divine. Among the Akan of Ghana, the Queen Mother's office represents the purest form of womanhood, and the divine awareness of the compatibility that should prevail between women and men.

The celebration includes a keynote address, awards and African music by local artists.

Media Note: Please call Thomas Knox, at (310) 243-3367 to arrange photo opportunities.

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