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Coach Ken Carter at MJC African American Educational Conference

Coach Ken Carter to offer keynote address at African American Educational Conference at MJC

The Modesto Junior College African American Education Conference will take place on Saturday, February 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Student Learning Center on West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Avenue, Modesto. The free conference is for students ages 13 – 21 and geared toward encouraging them to stay in school, plan for college and develop skills that will ensure student success. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.

The keynote speaker will be Ken Carter, coach of the Richmond High School basketball program from 1997 – 2002, who inspired the movie “Coach Carter. The conference will include workshops on civil rights history, attending Modesto Junior College and leadership. Entertainment will include Sister Khemya and The Local Express Tour.

Coach Carter made news when he locked out his undefeated Varsity basketball team in order to push them to improve their grades. Carter not only closed the Richmond High School gym, but he banned all basketball-related activities and was prepared to cancel the entire season program, because 15 of the 45 players were not living up to the classroom achievements they agreed to meet in contracts they signed earlier in the semester. Coach Carter is an advocate for Richmond’s youth and is active in his community, and recognizes the advantages inherent in a sound sports program.

In October 2000 Carter announced his plans to travel from Richmond High School to the steps of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Using only a kick scooter, Carter traveled for three days to Sacramento hoping to draw awareness to the deteriorating state of our schools and the need for students, parents, teachers, and school board officials to commit to making a difference. His efforts proved successful, and subsequently Richmond High received building enhancements and computers from the Office of the Secretary of Education.

Carter is owner and operator of Prime Time Publications and Prime Time Sports, as well as a motivational speaker and author. His achievements have been recognized with Harvard Club’s Distinguished Secondary Educator Award, NAACP’s Impact Citizen of the Year Award, California State Lottery/Governor Gray Davis’ Heroes in Education Award, San Francisco Mayor, Willie Brown’s Leadership Award, California’s Unsung Heroes Award, and the A.N.G. California Boy’s Coach of the Year Award. He has been presented with a proclamation from the City of Richmond and was honored as a recipient of CityFlight Newsmagazine’s the “Ten Most Influential African Americans in the Bay Area” for 2000 in the sports category.

The African American Education Conference check-in begins at 8:30 a.m. Although conference admission and parking are free, pre-registration is required in order to guarantee participants a complimentary continental breakfast and lunch. For additional information or to register call (209) 575-6700, or email> (include AAE Conference in subject line) by February 22, 2016.

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Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.