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Speech by NAACP's Mfume Rescheduled (Released: 02/26/01)

This event has been cancelled due to schedule conflicts.

By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, will speak during a Black History Month Ceremony at the University of Connecticut on Monday, March 5. The event, originally scheduled for Feb. 5, was postponed due to weather. Mfume's speech, sponsored by UConn's H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center, will begin at 5 p.m. in the ballroom of the Lewis B. Rome Commons.

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 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.

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

The ceremony is free and open to the public.

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