BLOOMSBURG— Educator and motivator Jamal Johnson will be the keynote speaker at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s annual Sankofa Conference. Presented by BU’s Multicultural Center, the conference will take place on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Kehr Union Building Ballroom. Admission is free for BU Students. Also, a “Survivor’s Guilt” workshop will be presented by Muhibb Dyer.
Working in the field of education for the past 16 years, Johnson serves now as the Assistant Director for Mentoring and Retention at his alma mater. After graduating from the College of New Jersey in 2001, he began his career as an elementary school teacher in the East Orange and Plainfield Public School Systems. In higher education, he has worked in Residential Education, Admissions, and Multicultural Recruitment.
Dyer, a community activist, poet and co-founder of Flood the Hood Dreams, has performed throughout the United States and was a finalist in 2002 at the National Poetry Slam.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs’ Sankofa Conference, grew out of the need for students to learn, understand, and appreciate the rich cultural heritage of people of African descent. It has developed as a way to promote unity and understanding among students, providing a forum for discussion and learning.