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MEDIA ADVISORY: African American Youth and Families are Topics of Distinguished Visiting Professor’s Lecture

April 21st, 2017

Story Contact: Sheena Rice, 573-882-8353,

WHAT:Distinguished Visiting Professor Velma McBride Murry from Vanderbilt University will present a talk on African American youth and the protective nature of African American families at this year’s Margaret Mangel Lectureship in the College of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Missouri.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Human Development & Family Science, the College of Education, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Visitors Program.

WHO: Murry has conducted research on African American parents and youth for more than 20 years. Her work on rural African American families helped develop the Strong African American Families Program, a curriculum designed to strengthen positive parent-child relationships.

She is the author of more than 100 scientific articles, and has received numerous awards, including the 2014 Society for Prevention Research Award for Contributions in Community, Culture and Prevention Science, and the 2014 American Psychological Association Presidential Citation.

WHEN & WHERE: Noon – 1 p.m., Friday, April 21.

Jesse Wrench Auditorium, Memorial Union, MU Campus

NOTE: This event is free and open to the public.