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Release No: 035-98
February 13, 1998

"One America Conversations" during February 1998

The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity is hosting a series of "One America Conversations" in four cities across the nation during February. The seminars are part of the Defense Department's support, spearheaded by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Equal Opportunity William E. Leftwich III, of the President's Initiative on Race. Representatives from the Defense Department, community and business leaders, university students and professors, and civic organizations will participate in the seminars.

The aim of the "One America Conversations" is to move the country closer to a stronger, more just, and more unified society, one that offers opportunity and fairness for all Americans. The forums offer the chance for every citizen in our country to be part of a great national conversation about America's racial diversity and about the strength it brings to our nation.

The next sessions will be held in the following cities:

Feb. 17 - Washington, D.C.

Feb. 20 - Denver, Colo. (Fort Carson)

Feb. 25 - Boston, Mass.

Feb. 27 - Baltimore, Md.

Last December, senior staff officials from the Offices of the Secretary of Defense, Secretary of the Army, and Secretary of the Navy began hosting "One America Conversations" in December, 1997. Since then, these discussions have been held in locations such as Cocoa Beach and Orlando, Fla., Washington, D.C., San Antonio, Texas and Los Angeles, Calif. Additional conversations are planned throughout 1998.

Media representatives interested in covering the sessions or obtaining more information should contact Maj. Gary Perugini, the public affairs officer at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla., at (407)494-6208.

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