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May 15, 2003
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Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367


Celebrated Author To Speak at Cal State Dominguez Hills'
Douglass-Bethune Celebration for Graduating Seniors


Carson, CA - The 8th Annual Frederick Douglass & Mary McLeod Bethune Celebration for African American graduating seniors is to be held on Friday, May 16, on the campus of California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). This is not the official University Commencement, which is to be held on Friday, May 23, at The Forum in Inglewood.

WHO: Keynote speaker - author Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, professor of Social Work and African American Studies, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey.

WHAT: 8th Annual Frederick Douglass & Mary McLeod Bethune Celebration for Graduating Seniors, including awards and African music by local artists

California State University, Dominguez Hills, Sculpture Garden, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson 90747

Friday, May 16, 2003 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Reid-Merritt received her Doctorate of Social Work in Race, Law and Social Policy from University of Pennsylvania and her Master of Social Work in clinical practice from Temple University. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and social science from Cabrini College. Reid-Merritt frequently contributes articles to Black Issues in Higher Education. She has also written articles for Essence, Emerge and Jet magazines. She has made more than 100 appearances on TV and radio stations throughout the United States. Reid-Merritt has presented scholarly papers and keynote addresses at numerous conferences throughout the country and in Kenya, Brazil, Venezuela, France and Egypt.

As part of the ceremony, a new "Queenmother" will be "instooled" or inducted for the Africana Studies Department at CSUDH. The Queenmother is an African religious and political institution, representing a select group of women who have been elevated to a position considered sacred and divine. Among the Akan of Ghana, the Queenmother's office represents the purest form of womanhood, and the divine awareness of the compatibility that should prevail between women and men. Vergie E. Seymore, a Carson resident for more than 32 years, will be the newest Queenmother. Seymore founded Vergie's Manor Residential Care Facility for the elderly 13 years ago.

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