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UNI's Center for Multicultural Education to host lecture on racial equality

September 6, 2011

Tabatha Cruz, program coordinator, Center for Multicultural Education, 319-273-2250,

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


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Center for Multicultural Education (CME) will host Felipe Luciano, a news reporter and anchor, poet, writer, lecturer and activist. The lecture, "Black Latino Unity: The Missing Link," will take place Monday, Sept. 19, at 3:30 p.m., in the Maucker Union Ballroom on the University of Northern Iowa campus.

Luciano is a two-time Emmy Award winner for his reporting, and America's first Puerto Rican news anchor for network television station, WNBC. He is the founder and chairman of the Young Lords Party, a member of 1960s rap/hip hop movement forerunner The Original Last Poets, an advocate for inter-communication and former host of Fox 5's "Street Talk."

Committed to community empowerment, ethnic pride and civil rights, he has helped change the color and complexion of politics, culture and society in his career, and continues to advise leaders of state and local governments and corporations on issues affecting growing markets, the Latino community, coalition building, diversity and multiculturalism.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tabatha Cruz, program director at the CME, at 319-273-2250 or