Black Empowerment Summit lectures at AARLCC in February

Black-Empowernent-SummitBlack Empowerment Summit lectures at AARLCC in February

Dr. Johnson and Dr. Anderson

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – During February (Black History Month), the Fort Lauderdale Community Center is hosting a three-week conference and will be presenting two lecture events at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC), 2650 Sistrunk Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC, the African Student Union, Broward Health, Whole Foods, Broward Schools, Broward County, Broward College, the City of Fort Lauderdale, and the Children’s Service Council.

There will be two First annual Black Empowerment Summit lectures at the library.

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m., Dr. Umar Johnson will speak on learning disabilities and their effect on Black children. Johnson is a blood relative of Frederick Douglass, the great Black abolitionist and orator. Johnson is a school psychologist who evaluates children ages 3-21 in an effort to determine if they have educational disabilities and need special educational services. He is author of the book, Psycho-Academic Holocaust: The Special Education & ADHD Wars Against Black Boys.
  • Monday, Feb. 23, 2015 from 4 to 8 p.m., Dr. Claud Anderson, president of PowerNomics Corporation of America, Inc., will be speaking on Black Economic Empowerment. He offers Black America a guide to becoming a more economically and politically competitive group in America. He has written several books—Black Labor, White Wealth; PowerNomics: The National Plan; and Dirty Little Secrets about Black History.

Accompanying each lecture event will be an appearance by the Dream Defenders (the next generation of radical leaders who exercise independent collective power and organize to disrupt the structures that oppress Black communities) and an African dance group, along with vendors selling arts and crafts, jewelry and food. There will also be door prizes at the event.

The Fort Lauderdale Community Center is a non-profit group dedicated to uniting Bro-ward County through Arts, Education and Social Services. The center is hosting a series of lectures and discussions on the subject of race relations in Broward County for three weeks, beginning on Feb. 2, 2015. The Fort Lauderdale Community Center sees a need for the Black community to build and maintain a strong economic support system for itself, a system that creates job opportunities not presently available in the community. It takes an interactive role in the education of Black children and in participating in the political process to create the changes that the Black community in Broward County would like to see.

For more information about the Fort Lauderdale Community Center, contact or call (754) 242-4778.

The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center is located at 2650 Sistrunk Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311. Call the Welcome Desk at (954) 357-6210.

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Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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