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April 30, 2004
DH 04 TK035
Contact: Thomas Knox
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Media Advisory

Kwanzaa Creator Maulana Karenga
To Deliver Keynote Address
For CSU Dominguez Hills Bethune Celebration of Graduation

Brown vs.. Board of Education......50 years later: Education or MisEducation?

Carson, CA – Maulana Karenga, Ph.D., and creator of Kwanzaa, will deliver the keynote address as the Department of Africana Studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), celebrates the 9th Annual Bethune Celebration of Graduation of graduating African American seniors. The ceremony will take place Thursday, May 13, at 4 p.m. in the University Sculpture Garden.

WHO: Dr. Maulana Karenga, professor and chair, Department of Black Studies, CSU Long Beach

WHAT: California State University, Dominguez Hills 9th Annual Frederick Douglass & Mary McLeod Bethune celebration of graduating African American seniors

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

WHEN: Thursday, May 13, 2004 at 4 p.m.

Dr. Karenga, known as the creator of Kwanzaa, the seasonal observance of love and harvest within the African American community, will speak on the 50th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in the case of Brown v. Board of Education. In that decision, the high court ruled racial segregation in public schools unconstitutional and set in motion a new course for social justice in America.

"The winning of Brown was not simply a legal victory for equal educational opportunity, but also part and parcel of our ongoing, hard and heroic struggle as a people to secure freedom, justice and equality in this country and through this, to expand the realm of human freedom and human flourishing in the world," said Dr. Karenga.

The celebration includes awards and African music by local artists.

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