Widely recognized Hispanic rights leader Raul Yzaguirre, president of the National Council of La Raza, will speak about urban education at a 6:30 p.m. program Thursday, April 29, at the downtown Minneapolis campus of the University of St. Thomas.
The program, free and open to the public, will be held in the Thornton Auditorium of Terrence Murphy Hall, 1000 La Salle Avenue.
Yzaguirre’s keynote address is part of the St. Thomas School of Education’s Julian Parker Lecture Series. The evening includes a performance by the Minneapolis North High School Jazz Band and the Minnesota Alliance of Black School Educators annual awards ceremony.
At the conclusion of the program the audience will be invited to a reception where they are welcome to speak informally with the speakers, award winners and other participants.
With the Latino population now the fastest-growing minority group in Minnesota, including 39 percent under the age of 18, the public is invited to learn more about the Latino population and the issues and challenges they face in schools.
For more than 35 years, Yzaguirre has been a key spokesperson on behalf of Hispanic Americans. As president of the National Council of La Raza — the largest constituency-based national Hispanic organization in Washington, D.C. — he continues his lifelong mission to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans.
Yzaguirre has appeared on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, and National Public Radio and in the Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, Time, Newsweek, and the National Journal.
The Julian Parker Lecture Series honors the former longtime chair of the education department and dean of the graduate school at Xavier University, New Orleans. Parker was a national leader on urban education and race relations. In the 1960s, Parker was instrumental in dealing with issues of race and diversity when he worked at St. Thomas in an exchange program between the nation’s historically black colleges and private colleges in Minnesota.
While the April 29 program, lecture and parking are free, reservations are required. To reserve seats and for more information about parking, please call the university at (651) 962-4455 or visit www.stthomas.edu/education and click on Institutes, Conference, and Events.