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Congresswoman McKinney Will Deliver Keynote Address
at the Hip Hop Symposium II

August 9, 2002

(Decatur, GA) On Saturday, August 17, 2002 Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney will join Hip Hop artists, executives and fans alike through the Hip Hop Symposium II. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Stone Mountain High School, which is located at 4555 Central Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083.

The theme for this second installment of the Hip Hop Symposium series is "Empowering the Hip Hop Generation." Says Congresswoman McKinney, "I believe it is important as public officials, and more importantly as parents, to educate that Hip-Hop is not just rap music. It is a way of life, a mode of thinking and a sense of style. It is not just a fad as others have suggested but a reflection of how many American youth view themselves and how they feel that the world does not answer their ever growing pleas to be heard."

Congresswoman McKinney, one of few elected leaders who can bring together both young and old alike, will participate in a forum for meaningful dialogue between panelists and the audience. Panelists, including special host Chris Tucker, Professor Griff, Chuck D among others, will address such topics of interest to the Hip Hop community as "Getting In The Game," the economics of Hip Hop and the importance of participation in the electoral process to young people. " I envisioned the Hip Hop Symposium to foster a better understanding of Hip Hop by assembling the brightest and most influential stars to exchange ideas, increase awareness of civic responsibilities, and empower young adults, " said Congresswoman McKinney.

Rock the Vote, the NAACP National Voter Empowerment Program SEIU, Local #1985, the Kappa Alpha Alpha Chapter of Omega Phi Psi Fraternity, Inc., Burger King and the National Youth Connection, Inc. will all serve as sponsors of this historic event.

For more information, contact Juanita Cribb, at (404) 377-6900 or by email at


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