2006 NCORE Chicago, IL
Posted Jun 8 2006
These pictures are from the 2006 National Conference On Race and Ethnicity (NCORE) that took place in Chicago, IL. Most of the workshops deal with race-related issues in higher education, although in the past I’ve presented on using hip hop in high school classrooms. Beyond the workshops it’s a great place to network and I was able to catch up many old friends, some I haven’t seen in years, including Khalid el-Hakim of Iron Fist Records, as well as meet many new ones. I’ll keep it brief, but some other folks that I was able to connect with were Amer Ahmed, the Director of Intercultural Affairs at Concordia College in Minnesota, who also performs under the name Dawah, Omari from Third Eye Open who’s running for a Michigan State Rep. position, author and motivational speak TMarshal, whose book has caught the interest of many of my students, Sam Greenley, author of The Spook Who Sat By the Door, and of course all the homies from UW Madison and U of Michigan. Of course, I didn’t spend all of my time at the conference and ventured out a bit, including an amazing exhibit at the Mexican Fine Arts Center Museum titled “The African Presence in Mexico.” Even though I know that photos of buildings don’t tend to be interesting I couldn’t help but to take a few, as well as some artwork that I came across. On a humorous note, I told my students that there around a million Mexican/Chicanos in Chicago. When they saw the picture of the “Bean” one thought it was in honor of Mexicans. OK, so at least it was funny at the time….