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Discussion opens 2008 Black History Month

Chairman of the National Black United Front Conrad Worrill will kick off Black History Month at New Mexico State University by presenting a discussion, "Obama - Hope vs. Reality" at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Milton Hall CMI Theatre.

The discussion is part of several events sponsored by NMSU's Black Programs to celebrate Black History Month.

"An open discourse is one of the greatest things in life because it gives us greater ideas," said Festus Addo-Yobo, director of Black Programs. "The university is the only place to have an open discourse. If we can't have an open discourse, we're moving backward into a fascist state."

Addo-Yobo said Worrill will be speaking about the presidential election and its place in history.

"For the Democratic Party we have an African American and a woman who are going to challenge for a spot in the White House," Addo-Yobo said.

Worrill's concern on developing viable strategies and tactics to advance the concept of self-determination at "home and abroad" has proven to be key time and time again.

Worrill was instrumental in being the driving force for Mayor Harold Washington's historic election in becoming Chicago's first African American mayor. As chairman of NBUF, Worrill has worked for more than a decade to change American public school curriculum to exhibit more accurate contributions from African American people in America.

With the assistance of Worrill, the Durban 400 delegation that participated in the historic United Nations World Conference Against Racism held in Durban, South Africa, was organized. The Durban 400 succeeded in impacting the WCAR to declare, "...slavery and the slave trade are a crime against humanity and should have always been so especially the transatlantic slave trade and are among the major sources and manifestation of racism..."

In addition to Worrill's accomplishments, he writes a weekly column called "Worrill's World" that appears in most African American newspapers across the U.S. He is a guest on many radio and television talk shows and has served as a consultant for numerous schools, universities, organizations and institutions nationwide.

For more information on the lecture or Black History Month 2008, contact Addo-Yobo at (575) 646-4208.