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Oct. 16, 2003
DH-03 TK 063
Contact: Thomas Knox
(310) 243-3367
tknox@csudh.edu



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA ADVISORY

Marino Córdoba Addresses Plight of Afro-Columbians
at California State University, Dominguez Hills

CARSON, Calif. – California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) will host Marino Córdoba, founder and first president of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Colombians (AFRODES), during a special speaking engagement on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall of the University’s Welch Hall.

WHO: Mario Córdoba, founder and first president of the National Association of Displaced Afro-Columbians (AFRODES)

WHAT: Lecture on the human rights issues of Afro-Columbians

WHERE: California State University, Dominguez Hills, Claudia Hampton Lecture Hall, Welch Hall, 1000 E. Victoria St., Carson 90747

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 2:30 p.m.

Noted human rights activist Marino Córdoba is known for his years of work on behalf of Afro-Columbians. History notes that in 1966 Córdoba and family members fled the city of Riosucio in fear for their lives after being threatened by paramilitary activity in parts of Columbia. Córdoba later encountered threats to his life in Bogotá as he earned increased popularity as an international leader in the struggle for human rights.

Córdoba has gained the respect of literally thousands of displaced persons of color throughout Columbia and continues to speak out against what he views as activities that impact Afro-Columbians.

Córdoba will talk about his years of struggles during this special speaking engagement,
sponsored by the Multicultural Center Programming Board-African American Subcommittee; the Department of Sociology; the Department of Africana Studies; MECHA; Chicana/Chicano Studies Alumni Association; Association of Political Science Students and the Political Science Department.

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