Dr. Umar Johnson Keynotes Umoja’s 1st Annual “It Takes A Village” Conference 

Dr. Umar Johnson, renowned author and Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Certified School Psychologist who is considered an expert on the education and mental health of Afrikan and Afrikan-American children, will keynote Umoja Inc.’s first annual “It Takes A Village” Conference on Saturday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Pratt Willert Center, 422 Pratt Street.
The theme is “Decreasing and Eliminating Suspensions.”
“The goal is to cut off the supply of our young people -men and women – going to prison,” said Umoja’s Bro. Bill Peoples. “The school to prison pipeline must be destroyed!”
There will be panel discussions, training and more. This important and timely gathering is free and open to the public. “The only thing you have to ‘pay’ is attention!” quipped Bro. Peoples.
Sam Radford of the District Parent Coordinating Council, will host the event which will also feature a number of outstanding community representatives and presenters including Willie Green of the Stop the Violence Coalition; Pastor Charles Walker, National Action Network; Pastor James Giles, Back to Basics ministries; Billie Webster, Buffalo SNUG,; Baba Eng Prisoners Are People Too; Twiggy Billue, author of Suspended of Life: The Road to Uemployment; Attorney John Elmore; Attorney Terrace McKelvey; talk show host George Alexander of the Community Hour; Hon. Supreme Court Justice E. Jeannette Ogden; community activist Charley Fisher; and L. Nate Hare, Executive Director of the Community Action Organization.
A 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. brunch Omelet Hour will feature Chef Gina.
For more information call Bro. Peoples at 533-6283 or Bro. Sam at 578-3571.

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