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DaQuan Lawrence to Coordinate Student and Young Leader Outreach.

Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) announced today that DaQuan Lawrence, a Graduate student in African Studies at Howard University, will be in charge of outreach to university/college students and community based young leaders to participate in State of the Black World Conference V. Organized around the theme Global Africans Rising, Empowerment, Reparations and Healing, Mr. Lawrence’s major task is to connect with student government associations, Black Studies Programs and cultural centers at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other institutions of higher education to encourage students to organize contingents to participate in the Conference.  He will also connect with community based organizations around the country to send contingents of young leaders. Dr. Daniels has also asked Mr. Lawrence to identify young leaders who can serve as resource persons for the eight major issue areas for deliberation at the Conference and facilitate the Student and Young Leaders Caucus.

DaQuan Lawrence

DaQuan Lawrence

In addition to working on completing his doctoral degree in African Studies at Howard University, Mr. Lawrence works as a research analyst at a D.C.-based public policy research organization and is also graduate assistant in the Center for African Studies at Howard. He has experience working on human rights research and international public policy in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia and South Africa. He co-leads Strong Men Overcoming Obstacles Through Hard-work, (SMOOTH) Inc., which is a mentoring, social skills and professional development and community service nonprofit for young Black men, founded at Morgan State University, with sections at Temple University and Coppin State University.

DaQuan is an alumnus of Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and serves as the Local Coordinator for the Banneker City (D.C) chapter of the Pan African Federalist Movement. Lawrence also contributes to The Hilltop at Howard University and The Afro American Newspapers, the oldest Black collegiate, and oldest Black family-owned newspapers in America, respectively.

In accepting the offer to work on State of the Black World Conference V, DaQaun said: “I am honored to work with IBW and Dr. Ron Daniels in working to fulfill the goals of State of the Black World Conference V. I have followed Dr. Daniels’ work for a long time and am eager to assist IBW to make the Conference one of the great gatherings of Black people in this century.”

Dr. Ron Daniels concluded, “We expect Black people from across Black America and the Pan African world to participate in this global conference. We in IBW are thrilled to have someone with the vision, skill and commitment that Brother DaQuan brings to the table to lead our efforts to engage student and young leaders. His efforts will help to ensure that State of the Black World Conference will be cross-generational in character.”

The State of the Black World Conference will convene, April 19-23 at the Baltimore Convention Center. The Hilton Inner Harbor is the headquarters hotel.  Persons seeking further information can visit the website or call 1-888.774.2921


IBW21 (The Institute of the Black World 21st Century) is committed to enhancing the capacity of Black communities in the U.S. and globally to achieve cultural, social, economic and political equality and an enhanced quality of life for all marginalized people.