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Feb. 9, 2005

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Star Parker will give the talk, "From Entitlement to Empowerment," Wednesday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m. in the Gallery Theatre of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

Parker is founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), which provides national dialogue on issues of race and poverty in the media, inner city neighborhoods and public policy.

During the talk, which is free to the public, she will discuss her personal experiences and her reflections on the black experience in America.

Before her involvement in social activism, Parker was a single welfare mother in Los Angeles. She transformed her life by earning a college degree and launching an urban Christian magazine, becoming a conservative crusader for welfare reform.

As a social policy consultant, Parker gives regular testimony before the United States Congress and is a national expert on major television and radio shows across the country.

A regular commentator on CNN, MSNBC and FOX news and a regular guest editorialist for USA Today, she spoke at the 1996 Republican National Convention.

Parker's life story has been chronicled by print and broadcast media including ABC's 20/20 and The 700 Club, The Washington Times and Readers' Digest, and commentators Rush Limbaugh and James Dobson.

She is the author of two books: her autobiography, Pimps, Whores & Welfare Brats and Uncle Sam's Plantation. She has written articles for such major publications as The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

The talk, which is part of the university's celebration of Black History Month, is co-sponsored by the Bucknell University Conservatives Club, Committee for Campus Diversity, and Young America's Foundation.

"Star's story is an inspiring example of the fulfillment of the American dream," said Bucknell junior Matt Gabler, president of the Bucknell University Conservatives Club.

"I am sure she will do a great job of articulating the positive agenda that conservatives have not only for minorities but for all people.

"Along with the entire BUCC, I applaud the Committee for Campus Diversity for co-sponsoring our Black History Month lecture," he said.


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