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El Centro College Hosts Jonathan McCoy at Annual African American Read In Thursday Feb. 25th

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From the Dallas South News Wire

El Centro College will hold their annual African American Read-In program on Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 12:45pm in the Performance Hall. The Theme for the program is “As A Man Thinketh In His Heart So Is He.” The Special Guest Speaker, Jonathan McCoy will speak on the topic “Eliminating the “N” Word from your Vocabulary.” A vendor fair and lunch will be served following the program and admission is free.

Johnathan McCoy

Since being described as a 10 year old YouTube Sensation by Black America Web in June 2009, Jonathan Emile McCoy has been receiving invitations around the country to present his oration, A New Petition, which incidentally has received over 860,000 views on YouTube since May 2009.

The drive to get a petition of 100,000 signatures began with an entry in an oratorical contest hosted by Empowerment Temple of Baltimore, Maryland. As he reflected on the various names used to characterize African Americans, he found one word to be “unacceptable”, the “N” word, which refers to someone who is economically, politically and socially disenfranchised. His research of the word inspired him to write a speech to persuade discontinued use of it.

Master McCoy, who just turned 11 years old on September 18, is a highly intelligent student with a 3.7 GPA, and is passionate on his stance to delete the “N” word, especially among African Americans. He says that an African American’s use of this word “takes away from everything the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks stood for and accomplished to help us obtain civil rights.   There is nothing civil or right about being called, or calling someone an “N” word.” McCoy said.

The YouTube video presentation can be viewed by accessing the link at:

El Centro College is located at 801 Main Street in downtown Dallas, across from the DART West End rail station.

For more information, INCLUDING INFORMATION ABOUT MEDIA ACCESS, please contact Florine Humble at (214) 860-2057, via email at,  or by fax at (214)860-2164

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