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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard’s Republic of South Africa Project Hosts First HBCU-HDI Conference


WASHINGTON (September 14, 2012) – The official steering committee of the African National Congress (ANC) Centenary and the Howard University Republic of South Africa Project will convene the inaugural USA ANC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)- Historically Disadvantaged Institutions (HDI) conference at Howard University on September 17-19, 2012 in the Blackburn Center.

The conference titled “Historical Challenges, Contemporary Solutions: The Role of HBCUs and HDIs in Addressing the Effects of Racism and Apartheid,” marks a series of ANC Centenary commemorative events in the U.S. that recognize South Africa's liberation movement.  
The conference will bring together scholars, professionals, activists, HBCU/HDI stakeholders and U.S. and African dignitaries to collaborate on research and solutions that will advance the economic, educational and social conditions of Black South Africans and African Americans.  The event is co-sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc., the Embassy of the Republic of South Africa, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education (NAFEO), the National Bar Association, the National Association of Black Journalists and the TransAfrica Forum.

For further information, please contact the USA ANC Centenary headquarters at 202.865.8369 or via e-mail


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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