Winning the Race

Joining President LaForge is Temika Simmons, co-chair of the conference.

Delta State University’s award-winning race relations conference, Winning the Race, returns to campus for a fifth year on March 26-27.

This year’s conference, with the theme, “Intersectionalities in Action: The Quest for Equity, Access, and Justice,” is presented in partnership and with support from Casey Family Programs and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Conference topics will highlight the various ways in which the concepts of race and race relations intersect areas of our daily lives — from politics, economics, health, and housing, to education, entertainment, art, and science.

The 2018 schedule will continue the critical dialogue about current issues related to education, social justice, and community healing, while highlighting opportunities for sustained community action, awareness, and mobility.

A highlight speaker for the 2018 conference is Kevin Powell, a political activist, poet, writer, and entrepreneur. Mr. Powell, one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary, and hip-hop voices in America today, is a native of Jersey City, New Jersey.

Raised by a single mother in extreme poverty, he managed to study at Rutgers University thanks to New Jersey’s Educational Opportunity Fund. Mr. Powell has gone on to author 12 books, including his newest title, “The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy’s Journey into Manhood.”

In other campus news, the Wiley Planetarium will host a viewing of “Robot Explorers 3D at 6 p.m. on March 9. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12. Senior Citizens and Delta State employees and students with an Okra card can get tickets for $5 as well. In athletic news, the softball team will compete at the University of West Georgia at noon and 2 p.m. on Saturday, and at noon on Sunday.  The baseball team will also compete at the University of West Georgia with game times at noon and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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