State NAACP Leader to Speak at Columbus State Diversity Conference

Georgia NAACP President Francys Johnson will be keynote speaker for Columbus State University’s third annual Diversity Conference from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday, March 20 at CSU’s Cunningham Center. The conference theme, “The Dream Lives: A Wake-Up Call; Perpetuating the Dream in a Climate of Haves and Have Nots,” will explore issues and obstacles facing Americans seeking equality in key areas such as education and the justice system to fully realize their American dream. Topics to be discussed include:


• Classism vs. Racism: Smearing the Lines that Divide
• Classism and Poverty in Schools: Leveling the Learning Field
• Public Policy and the Have Nots
• Arrest and Adjudication of the Poor

Also scheduled to speak are Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson, Muscogee County School Superintendent David Lewis, Columbus attorney Barry Debrow, retired CSU professor Judy Purnell, and current CSU professors Nick Easton and Paula Adams. Johnson, a Statesboro attorney and pastor, was elected to lead the Georgia NAACP last October.

Online registration is $20 per person or $150 for a table of eight. Both breakfast and lunch are included. (Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m.) The event is free to CSU students, faculty and staff with ID.

Photo: Francys Johnson