MEC Students to Join International Dialogue

Medgar Evers College (MEC) is proud to announce its virtual participation in the 8th Annual Sankofa Symposium, sponsored by Dr. Julius Garvey. The symposium is to take place at the Jamaica Conference Center in Kingston, Jamaica.  It is open to all MEC students who register and will be held February 27th 2014 from 8:30am to 2:30pm in AB1, Room C13. Students, student teachers, faculty, and guest speakers will consider and discuss Building Self-Identity and Self-Reliance among People of African Descent through Garvey’s United Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).  The event will give student teachers lessons for engaging and empowering students in the 21st century classroom through self-identity and self-reliance via panel presentations, discussions, and multimedia resources.

In order to participate, students must register at the Education Department in the Bedford Building, room 1007, no later than February 26th.

All MEC students who choose to register and participate in the Sankofa symposium will be a part of an interactive experience that includes dynamic and informative lectures, short film screenings, and dialogue held on campus as well as in Kingston, Jamaica. Students will be able to videoconference with student teachers in Jamaica and join an international conversation.

The Convener of the event will be Dr. McFarlane, Curator of Liberty Hall: The Legacy of Marcus Garvey. Dr. Donna Akilah Wright, a key figure in establishing an adolescent and adult literacy education program in Jamaica, will serve as a facilitator.

Liberty Hall is a cultural educational institution built in 1933 by Marcus Garvey and declared a National Monument in 1987.  Garvey was a Jamaican political leader and international activist who founded the UNIA and encouraged African Americans to reclaim their ancestry through self-identity with Africa and self-reliance.

For more information on registering for or viewing the Sankofa symposium, please contact Dr. Sheila Paul, chairperson of the Education Department, at, Professor Frank Riley at or Dr. Donna Wright at



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About Medgar Evers College

Located in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Medgar Evers College is a growing institution offering both Associate and Baccalaureate degrees.  The nearly 7,000-member student body is primarily comprised of those who are the first in their families to attend college.  A senior college within The City University of New York (CUNY) system, Medgar Evers College was established in 1970 with a mandate to meet the educational and social needs of the Central Brooklyn community.  With a commitment to students who desire a sound academic foundation as well as an opportunity for personal development, Medgar Evers College seeks to provide high-quality, professional, career-oriented undergraduate degree programs in the context of a liberal arts education.  For more information, visit