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African Community to set new Vision at upcoming conference

For Release Upon Receipt - June 16, 2009

St. Augustine

The swearing in of Barack Obama as the first President of The United States of America of African descent, heralded a new dawn for people of African descent. On the heels of this monumental event, the 21st All African Students’ Conference (AASC) will be held from Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th June, 2009 at The University of the West Indies (UWI), St. Augustine Campus. At this conference the main focus will be “Thought and Action: redressing the challenges and (re)visioning the possibilities for the African community”.

The conference will serve as forum for debate on several issues affecting the African community. With topics such as ‘Confronting the Skin I'm In’, participants will look into issues surrounding identity, including skin colour, choosing/rejecting identity, traditional religion, the African family, and gender relations in the African community. The conference will also tackle the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and the intra/inter-community violence among young males. ‘Managing the Community's Wealth’ is another topic that is set to demystify economics and money management for the African family/community, while ‘Performing Pan-Africanism’ is an arts and culture initiative aimed at promoting African community regeneration, education and development.

This conference is open to all interested members of the public.

For further information on this confence, please contact Mr. Marvin George at (868) 663- 0327, or (868) 662-2002 Ext. 2377 or email, or