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16th Annual Urban Community Forum at CSU presents radio host and author Warren Ballentine on March 24

CSU’s Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs and the Levin College Forum Program present the
16th Annual Urban Community Forum
in partnership with Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Commemorative Forum Series,
“Building an Appetite for Political Activism: Election 2012 - What Really Matters?

Keynote speaker is Warren Ballentine, syndicated Radio One show host, attorney and author

Saturday, March 24, 2012
8:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Cleveland State University
Student Center Ballroom 3rd Floor, 2121 Euclid Avenue

CSU Visitors Parking Fee (Lots 22 & CG)
City of Cleveland on-street parking meters

The Urban Community Forum has provided a platform for dialogue and action on issues confronting Northeast Ohio’s African-American community for 16 years. This year we face critical issues that are local and global and impact us all. To broaden the conversation, the CSU Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has partnered with the Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones Commemorative Forum Series seeking to amplify the call for social and political activism in 2012 during this pivotal time in our community and in U. S. history.

The Forum will open with a presentation by Dr. Daniel Coffey of the Ray C. Bliss Institute for Applied Politics at The University of Akron. Ballentine will join a distinguished local panel: Chloe Blankenship, East Technical High School, Shakira Diaz, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Dr. Jason Johnson, Hiram College, Julian Rogers, Cuyahoga County Council, and Meredith Turner, Office of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.  The discussion will be moderated by Natoya Walker-Minor, Office of the Mayor, City of Cleveland and Dr. Ronnie Dunn, Cleveland State University.  Rev. Stanley Miller, Shaffer Memorial United Methodist Church, will facilitate the “Call to Action” to conclude the forum.

Registration is required. Please call (216) 687-9328 or visit

Sponsors:  Walter B. Waetjen Endowed Urban Education Lecture Fund, PolicyBridge and National Forum for Black Public Administrators.