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Inside Iowa State
Feb. 7, 1997

ISU hosts black student conference

by Steve Sullivan
More than 1,000 African American students will gather at Iowa State later this month for four days of professional development, nationally known speakers and entertainment.

Iowa State's Black Student Alliance is hosting the 20th Annual Big Eight Black Student Government Conference, Feb. 20-23. African American student-government representatives from all Big 12 schools are expected to attend. (The conference will change its name in 1998.) Some of the conference events are open to the public. The conference is an opportunity for African American students to discuss mutual concerns and issues on their respective campuses and develop leadership skills. Activities include workshops on leadership skills and professional development.

Among the scheduled speakers are Elaine Brown, the only woman leader of the Black Panther Party and author of A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story; Jawanza Kunjufu, lecturer and president of the Chicago-based communications firm African American Images; Kesho Y. Scott, lecturer and author of Tight Spaces; and Clifford Talbert, an actor and author of Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored.

Gospel groups from across the country, including Iowa State's Big Eight Choir, will perform at the conference's annual Gospel Extravaganza.

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