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October 21, 2009
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UMD Hosts Guest Speaker Presentation on
"Post-Race America? Racism in the Age of Obama"

UMD will present Visual and Performing Artist damali ayo speaking on "Post-Race America? Racism in the Age of Obama", in the UMD Kirby Student Center Ballroom, October 28, at 4 p.m. Her presentation offers ten practical solutions to improve the state of race relations in which ayo states, "I can fix racism".

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Ms. damali ayo earned a Bachelors Degree from Brown University in a dual concentration of Public Policy and American Civilization. She holds a masters in Fine Art from Portland University in Studio Art. Her book, How to Rent a Negro was acclaimed as "one of the most trenchant and amusing commentaries on contemporary race relations". It was granted a 2005 Honorable Mention in the Outstanding Book Awards from the Gustavus Meyers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights.

The presentation is sponsored by the Kirby Leadership Institute (as part of its second Annual Student Leadership Conference) and by the UMD Diversity Commission, the Black Student Union and Kirby Program Board.

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