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Kweisi Mfume To Speak at UConn November 8
(Released: 10/26/01)

By Allison Thompson, Office of University Communications

STORRS, Conn. -- Kweisi Mfume, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP, will speak at UConn on Thursday, Nov. 8 as part of the Human Rights Semester. The event, sponsored by the H. Fred Simons African American Cultural Center, will be held at 5 p.m. in the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center's Konover Auditorium.

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 boycott of a hotel chain charged with discriminating against African American guests.

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."

Chancellor John D. Petersen declared this fall a Human Rights Semester. It is intended to underscore the importance of human rights and to inform and engage members of the University community and interested members of the public about this critical topic.

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