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KNOXVILLE — The fourth annual Black Issues Conference titled “Black in America: From the Eyes of the Youth in the Community,” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in the University Center.

Hosted by the Black Issues Conference Planning Committee, Black Cultural Programming Committee, NAACP and Office of Minority Student Affairs, the one-day conference wants to inform participants about issues in the African-American community and encourage individuals to think critically about those issues.

The day will consist of three sessions, lunch and a keynote speaker. The NAACP closing reception will follow the conference at 5 p.m. This year’s keynote speaker is hip-hop legend, writer and activist MC Lyte.

The conference is free and open to students, professionals and the community. Participants must register online at The first 130 people to register will receive a free conference T-shirt.


Demetrius Richmond, 974-6861,