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Mfume To Keynote Black History Ceremony (Released: 02/01/01)

This event was cancelled due to a winter storm.

By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, will speak at UConn's Black History Month Opening Ceremony on Monday, Feb. 5. The event, sponsored by the African American Cultural Center, will be held at 5 p.m. in the South Campus Ballroom and will be followed by a reception..

Formerly a member of the Baltimore City Council and a United States congressman representing Maryland's 7th Congressional District, Mfume assumed the presidency of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the nation's oldest and largest civil rights organization, in February, 1996.

Under Mfume's leadership, some of the NAACP's recent efforts have included a call for television networks to increase diversity, and the filing of a federal lawsuit that seeks court-ordered changes to prevent future voting irregularities in Florida.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Mfume graduated magna cum laude from Morgan State University and has a master's degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University. His West African name means "conquering son of kings."

In addition to Mfume's speech, the ceremony will also include performances by the Voices of Freedom Gospel Choir and the UConn String Quartet .

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