Rust College sets student leadership conference


African-American college students from around the country will be at Rust College in Holly Springs to discuss passing the baton within their community. 

The discussions will be part of the 13th African American Student Leadership Conference set for Jan. 12-13.  

The theme for the conference is “A Mission Oriented Leadership: If Not You, Who? The Baton Must Be Passed.” 

Among the scholars scheduled to appear are returnees Dr. Frances Cress Welsing, Steve Cokely, Dr. Katharine Bankole and Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochanan. Dr. Walter M. Kimbrough will make his first appearance at the conference.      

Throughout the conference workshops and scholarly presentations will address problems, causes, solutions and implementation strategies relative to political, social, educational, religious and physical/mental health issues of African Americans. Concerns of African-American students on college campuses will continue to be a focal point. 

The conference’s formal program will conclude with the Bantaba African Dancers. A Memphis-based organization, the company’s focus is education through traditional African dance and drumming.