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September 23, 2015

Fox Valley to Host State of Black America Event October 29th in Appleton

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As race relations dominate National news headlines, an organization focused on fostering better relations among African Americans and other Fox Valley residents will host the area’s first-ever ‘State of Black America’ forum October 29th. Economist, Author and Political Commentator, Dr. Julianne Malveaux will team up with Civil Rights Leader and preeminent Radio Host Joe Madison for a candid discussion on what it means to be Black in America today.

State of Black America

Thursday, October 29th at 6:30p.m.

Radisson-Paper Valley Grand Ballroom

333 College Avenue, Appleton

The public is invited to attend the free event, which is hosted by African Heritage, Inc. and sponsored by the ThedaCare–‐led Community Health Action Team (CHAT) Fund of the Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.

Free round-trip bus service to the event is available from locations in Green Bay, DePere, Oshkosh and Ripon. Reservations are required beforeOctober 23rd at

“It is vital to participate in courageous conversations on race. We are not isolated from national issues,” said Ron Dunlap, African Heritage, Inc. “Therefore, it is imperative for our community to hear a candid discussion about the State of Black America led by respected national thought leaders like Dr. Malveaux and Mr. Madison.”

“In order to understand the issues that Black people in our community experience, we have to listen to their stories with open hearts and open mindsand understand that our White experiences in everyday life here in the Fox Cities and throughout the U.S. are likely very different,” said Deborah Wetter, Valley Transit General Manager and CHAT member.

About the Speakers

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is President Emerita of Bennett College for Women. She is an economist, author and commentator who’s popular writings have appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms.Magazine, Essence Magazine, the Progressive and many more.

Dr. Malveaux serves on the boards of the Economic Policy Institute, The Recreation Wish List Committee of Washington, DC, and the Liberian Education Trust. Dr. Malveaux is also President of PUSH Excel, the educational branch of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

SiriusXM’s ‘The Black Eagle’ Joe Madison’s show motto is “What Are You Going to Do About It?” The former executive director of the Detroit NAACP has worked on a range of civil and human rights issues – from voter registration efforts to demonstrations focused on ending genocide in Darfur. Last year, Madison received the Freedom Flame Award from the Selma, Alabama Bridge Crossing Jubilee Commission and was named Outstanding Media Personality at the 104th Annual NAACP Convention.

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