Nationally Syndicated Columnist, Author Yolanda Young to Speak at UA Africana Studies Lecture Series

March 6, 2007

Yolanda Young, a nationally syndicated columnist and author, will speak and hold a question and answer session at The University of Arizona on Wed., March 7, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Young's memoir, "On Our Way to Beautiful," published by Random House in 2003, speaks of her family's poverty and struggle to raise her and of her own seeming unawareness of their dire circumstances. Since the book's publication, Young has reached millions of Americans with her national weekly syndicated column, which bears the name of her memoir. Her work also appears regularly in Essence Magazine and USA Today.

The UA's department of Africana studies, with the support of the department of English in the College of Humanities, is commemorating National Women's Month with the lecture.

The event will be held in the Integrated Learning Center (ILC), Room 130, located at the UA Mall just west of Cherry Avenue, and is free and open to the public.

Young is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Howard University. She is currently practicing law in Washington, DC. Her honors include selection to the PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools program as well as the Mayor's Arts Award presented by the Washington D.C. Commission on Arts and Humanities.

A book signing will immediately follow the event. Parking is free after 5 p.m. in any Zone 1 Lot, the Cherry Avenue Garage and UA parking meters.

Refreshments will be served in the ILC Courtyard following the event.