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UNI to celebrate launch of International Pretty Brown Girl Day

February 13, 2013

Gloria Holmes, associate professor, curriculum and instruction, 319-961-4275,

Stacey Christensen, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host Sheri Crawley, the founder and CEO of the Pretty Brown Girl Foundation, during UNI's annual African-American Read-In at 9:30 a.m., on Thursday, Feb. 21, in the Maucker Union Old Central Ballroom. A celebration in honor of the first International Pretty Brown Girl Day, which is Feb. 23, will follow at 1:30 p.m.

The Pretty Brown Girl Foundation was launched in 2010. The organization encourages girls to celebrate the shades of brown all over the world and aims to inspire positive self-esteem and confidence in girls of color.

This event will give guests the opportunity to meet with Crawley, participate in arts and crafts, and hear Crawley read the book, "Pretty Brown Girl." Guests will also have the opportunity to launch or join their own Pretty Brown Girl club and take the Pretty Brown Girl Pledge.

The event is hosted in collaboration with Shining Stars: Girls Looking Ahead, an organization designed to help kindergarten, elementary and middle school-aged girls in Waterloo, Iowa grow and develop goal-oriented thinking.

The event is free and open to the public and is funded by the Community Foundation, Guernsey Foundation and UNI's College of Education, Dean's Office and a Diversity Initiatives Grant at UNI.

For more information, contact Gloria Holmes, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, at 319-961-4275 or