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Center for Black Culture and Research

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February 13th, 2015

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015 at 7 p.m.
Mountainlair Ballrooms
Sponsored by the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research and cosponsored by the Islamic Center of Morgantown and the WVU Muslim Student Association
The Leading Afro-American Muslim Professionals (LAMP) Speaker Series returns for its 4th year to the annual WVU Black History Month celebration, which will feature George Green, Jay-Z’s former tour manager and VP of Marketing of Roc-A-Fella Records. Prior to his current work as a humanitarian and motivational speaker, he managed the marketing for Roc-A-Fella’s clothing, magazine, and film product lines. Furthermore, he provided marketing and tour management services to prestigious clientele including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Twista, Cam’ron, and Supernatural, and he later became the manager for Grammy-nominated Rahzel.
In this year’s program, George Green: From Roca-A-Fella to Mecca, George will inspire the audience to expand their views and foster their abilities to positively change the direction of their own lives. New Yorker, George Green, shares his stories from the rugged street life, how he made it to Auburn University out of the ghetto, his legacy with Roca-A-Fella Records, all of which led him to Mecca and his ongoing journey as a humanitarian. This motivational speaker brings vivid backstage memories with rap mogul, Jay-z, front and center to the audience. George conveys what guided him to courageously walk away from a multimillion dollar industry and promising career and some of the most popular celebrities. His most inner thoughts and reflections about the pros and cons of his life in the fast and luxurious entertainment industry enlightens people on what true happiness and peace is all about.
George has done extensive music related and humanitarian work that has taken him to all 50 U.S. states and more than 70 countries throughout North America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa where he has visited some of the poorest regions in the world and met with thousands of young people experiencing the type of violence he endured in his own youth. His travels have also enabled him to develop alliances with various dignitaries and diplomats, strengthening his far-reaching philanthropy.

The George Green: From Roca-A-Fella to Mecca program is motivating, uplifting, and enlightening to people of all diverse cultures, nationalities, and religions. Attendees will leave on a journey utilizing their dreams to create peace, and ultimately attaining a “peace of the dream.”
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February 4th, 2015
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Pictures from our “I Am the Change Tour” held last night February 3, 2015 in the Mountainlair ballroom.
I Am The Change is an exciting program that exemplifies how “the power of one” can transform the world. Presented by an esteemed trio of human rights luminaries and legends – Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Bob and Rita Marley’s granddaughter, and Jasmine Rand, the family attorney for Trayvon Martin – this once-in-a-lifetime event inspires audiences to pursue meaningful change in their own lives and in the lives of others.

In this unique presentation, audiences will learn not only how to take action, but how to realize the vision of their own philanthropic dreams. Learning directly from some of today’s most inspiring voices, attendees will become equipped with the tools and techniques needed to effectively mobilize their own schools and communities to seek equality and justice. Together, Ndaba, Donisha and Jasmine will show you how to launch your own ideas into action, explaining how every individual – young or old – rich or poor – has the power to play their own part in improving society.

January 22nd, 2015

I Am The Change is an exciting program that exemplifies how the power of one can transform the world. Presented by an esteemed trio of human rights luminaries and legends, including Ndaba Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, Donisha Rita Claire Prendergast, Bob and Rita Marley’s granddaughter, and Jasmine Rand, the family attorney for Trayvon Martin, this once-in-a-lifetime event inspires audiences to pursue meaningful change in their own lives and in the lives of others.
In this unique presentation, audiences will learn not only how to take action, but how to realize the vision of their own philanthropic dreams. Learning directly from some of today’s most inspiring voices, attendees will become equipped with the tools and techniques needed to effectively mobilize their own schools and communities to seek equality and justice. Together, Ndaba, Donisha and Jasmine will show you how to launch your own ideas into action, explaining how every individual – young or old – rich or poor – has the power to play their own part in improving society.

Offered exclusively through American Program Bureau, I Am The Change is an engaging, inspiring and truly motivating event that you won’t soon forget. More than a keynote, I Am The Change leaves audiences with a renewed faith that Nelson Mandela’s cry for justice remains strong and Bob Marley’s songs of freedom still echo in the modern social justice and civil rights movements throughout the world, including the recent “I Am Trayvon Martin,” movement. Most importantly, I Am The Change will leave individuals inspired to be the change.

I am Change CBC
January 13th, 2015

Join us this Thursday for Anand Giridharadas, New York Times Columnist & Author at the St. Paul AME Church on Beechurst Ave for our MLK Commemoration at 7PM.
Anand Giridharadas is an author and columnist, writing about a world in transition as seen through the lens of culture. He writes the “Currents” column for The New York Times and its global edition, the International Herald Tribune, and also writes for The New York Times Magazine. His “Admit One” column, which is dedicated to the New York City arts audience, appears regularly in the Weekend Arts section of The New York Times. He is the author of India Calling: An Intimate Portrait of a Nation’s Remaking, about returning to the India his parents left.

Anand Giridharadas, author of the accomplished India Calling, has released his intriguing new book entitled The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas (2014). In this speech for college audiences, literary groups and others, Giridharadas discusses his book and the themes of racism, immigration and learning what it means to be a “true American.” He tells the story of the fateful encounter between Mark Stroman, a racist ex-con in Dallas who went on a killing spree targeting men he wrongly thought were Arabs after 9/11, and Raisuddin Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi-born convenience-store clerk who was shot by Stroman, but survived. The True American is a deeply moving exploration of the American dream and its many dimensions, making us all question how – or whether – we choose what we become.
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Anand Giridharadas

December 2nd, 2014

Join Us for KWANZAA this Thursday December 4, 2014 at 7PM in the Mountainlair Ballroom.
Kwanzaa 2014

November 12th, 2014

This Thursday Morgantown Barbers Team Classic Cutz will discuss their rise above violence and poverty on the west side of Charleston, WV to become successful entrepreneurs. “Escaping The Trap” will be at the Mountaineer Room in the Mountainlair at 7PM this Thursday November 13, 2014. A Freedom Project WVU Event.
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