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February 5, 2003
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California State University, Dominguez Hills Hosts
African American Manchild Conference

Annual Conference Explores Strategies for the Development of African American Men

CARSON, Calif: - California State University, Dominguez Hills President, Dr. James E. Lyons, Sr., welcomes Dr. Ernie Smith, pediatric cardiologist at King/Drew University of Medicine and Science as the keynote speaker for the 11th Annual Conference, "Strategies For the Development of the African American Manchild," on Saturday, Feb. 8, beginning at 8 a.m.

WHAT: 11th Annual Conference "Strategies For the Development of the African American Manchild"

WHO: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ernie Smith, Pediatric Cardiologist, King Drew University of Medicine and Science

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills Gymnasium

WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 8 - Keynote Address to begin at 8:45 a.m.

"In a nation where an alarming rate of African American males are in prison, in gangs, are unemployed or are victims of homicide, there are unfortunately not enough programs that are constant in their outreach to make a definite difference in the lives of our youth," said Torrence B. Reese, conference organizer. "This annual conference is a community opportunity to address these issues and related topics."

Reese said the daylong conference is created with a primary focus on men and the youth in the African American community. The conference will feature workshops and speakers that will help guide men in positive directions that will improve their education, career planning and home life.

"This conference offers an opportunity to African American men of all ages to engage in penetrating dialogue with community leaders and professionals that serve as role models in their communities," said President James E. Lyons, Sr. "I encourage everyone to make room in their busy schedules to come and be a part of this important conference."

Tickets for the conference can be purchased by contacting Torrence B. Reese at (323) 295-6571 ext. 3103 and via e-mail at

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