Opening Session Keynoter

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Opening Session Keynoter


January 10-14, 2004

Kweisi Mfume

Opening Session Keynote Speaker

Monday, January 12, 2004

8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m.

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Make plans to join thousands of correctional professionals in New Orleans, Louisiana, for the American Correctional Association's 2004 Winter Conference, January 10-14, at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Get a taste of some savory Cajun cuisine and excitement in the city where the fun never stops.

During this five-day event, attendees will get a chance to experience life in the "Big Easy," and engage in challenging workshops, as they examine this year's Conference theme, "Corrections From A to Z." They will also participate in numerous theme-based social events, as they search for the right information that will help them improve their facilities and/or agencies. This is also a great chance for attendees and exhibitors to meet and network with colleagues in a comfortable, relaxed setting.

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Kweisi Mfume, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will be the Keynote Speaker at the American Correctional Association's 2004 Winter Conference Opening Session. Mr. Mfume, a political activist, organizer, and radio commentator, will undoubtedly bring an inspiring message of leadership, dedication and determination to hundreds of corrections professionals.

Mr. Mfume was born, raised and educated in Baltimore, Maryland, and it was there that he followed his dreams to impact society and shape a more humane public policy. After graduating magna cum laude from Morgan State University, he returned there as an adjunct professor, teaching courses in communications and political science. In 1984, he earned a Masters degree in liberal arts from Johns Hopkins University. From there he was elected to the United States Congress in 1986, and eventually became chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus in 1992, at a time when that committee achieved a new level of power. After stepping down from that post, at the end of the customary single term, he found himself being sought for his views on everything from crime reduction to foreign policy.

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In December 1995 the NAACP Board chose Mr. Mfume, over 200 other candidates, as its president and chief executive officer. Officially taking on the leadership of the nation's most prominent civil rights organization in February 1996, Mfume relinquished his seat as the Democratic congressman from Maryland's Seventh District. Mfume vowed that as the leader of the NAACP, which had faced internal strife as well as financial hardship for a time, he would help the organization "reclaim (its) rightful place as the voice of African-Americans and others who believe in ... the premise that all people are in fact created equal."

Mr. Mfume has a background in broadcasting that includes 13 years in radio, as well as nine years as the host of the award-winning television show, The Bottom Line. …

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