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Media Advisory

For immediate use

Nov. 7, 2007

Findings to be released on economic impact of African Americans in state

Researchers John D. Kasarda and James H. Johnson Jr. of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will brief the media on results of the first comprehensive study of the economic impact of African Americans in the state of North Carolina. 

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2007
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Presentation of study findings, audience Q&A
10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.: Media availability for interviews with Kasarda and Johnson
11 a.m. - noon: Panel discussion
(The panel discussion is being taped for later broadcast by UNC-TV Black Issues Forum)
Carolina Club, George Watts Hill Alumni Center
Corner of Stadium Drive and Ridge Road
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Note: Parking is available in the Ramshead Deck, adjacent to the Alumni Center, off Ridge Road. For directions, visit http://www.carolina-club.com/about/updated_directions_parking.htm

The study follows Kasarda and Johnson’s January 2006 report on the economic impact of the Hispanic population in North Carolina. It details the impact of African American spending and employment, state government costs for education, health care and corrections, and ways North Carolina can better capitalize economically on its significant African American population.

Panelists for the discussion are Johnson, director of the Kenan Institute of Private Enterprises’ Urban Investment Strategies Center; Andrea Harris, president, N.C. Institute of Minority Economic Development, major funder of the study; Rev. William Barber, president of the N.C. Conference NAACP; Julius Chambers, attorney, former chancellor of North Carolina Central University and current director of the Center for Civil Rights at the UNC School of Law; and Julianne Malveaux, president of Bennett College for Women.

Kenan Institute Web site: www.kenaninstitute.unc.edu
Kenan Institute contact: Allison Reid, (919) 962-8951 or allison_reid@unc.edu
News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415 or susan_houston@unc.edu