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"In Conversation with George Curry"
October 26, 2013 
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About our Guest George Curry 

George E. Curry is the editor-in-chief of the National Newspaper Publishers Association News Service. The former editor-in-chief of Emerge magazine, Curry also writes a weekly syndicated column for NNPA, a federation of more than 200 African American newspapers.

Curry, who served as editor-in-chief of the NNPA News Service from 2001 until 2007, returned to lead the news service for a second time on April 2, 2012. His work at the NNPA has ranged from being inside the Supreme Court to hear oral arguments in the University of Michigan affirmative action cases to traveling to Doha, Qatar, to report on America's war with Iraq.


As editor-in-chief of Emerge, Curry led the magazine to win more than 40 national journalism awards. He is most proud of his four-year campaign to win the release of Kemba Smith, a 22-year-old woman who was given a mandatory sentence of 24 1/2 years in prison for her minor role in a drug ring. In May 1996, Emerge published a cover story titled "Kemba's Nightmare." President Clinton pardoned Smith in December 2000, marking the end of her nightmare.

Curry is the author of Jake Gaither: America's Most Famous Black Coach and editor of The Affirmative Action Debate and The Best of Emerge Magazine. He was editor of the National Urban League's 2006 State of Black America report.
His work in journalism has taken him to Egypt, England, France, Italy, China, Germany, Malaysia, Thailand, Cuba, Brazil, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, the Ivory Coast, Mexico, Canada, and Austria. In August 2012, he was part of the official US delegation and a presenter at the US-Brazil seminar on educational equity in Brasilia, Brazil.


George Curry is a member of the National Speakers Association and the International Federation for Professional Speakers. His speeches have been televised on C-SPAN and reprinted in Vital Speeches of the Day magazine. In his presentations, he addresses such topics as diversity, current events, education, and the media.

Affirmative Action Today

In 2003, the US Supreme Court issued two rulings on affirmative action involving the University of Michigan. In one decision, the court struck down the undergraduate admission program, stating that it was too rigid and smacked of quotas. But in the second decision, it upheld the law school program by ruling that race could be one of many factors taken into consideration during admission.

The court's "final" decision turned out to not be so final after all, proving that affirmative action is still not a resolved issue in the US.

In this timely presentation, speaker George Curry discusses the importance of the University of Michigan case; how the Republican Party's future will be determined, in part, by whether it broadens its racial and ethnic appeal; and where we are as a nation 50 years after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Keeping Up with China

 Goldman Sachs has predicted that China will overtake the United States as the world's largest economy by 2027. This has profound ramifications for not only the US, but for the global community as well. For example, while the US prides itself on its diversity, China, which is 92 percent Han, does not. The contrasting views of China and the US are significant and will impact how the world does business with this nation of 1.3 billon people. As one author put it, "The West has, for the most part, become imprisoned within its own assumptions, unable to see the world other than in terms of itself."

In this presentation, speaker George Curry - who has traveled to Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai - discusses the changes we will undoubtedly see in the next few years - and what we can expect from them.

Executive Media Training

In this interaction presentation, speaker George Curry equips executives with the tools and savvy necessary in interacting successfully with the news media. Each training class begins with a group lecture and is followed by breakout sessions.


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