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R.E.S.P.E.C.T. Coalition to Host Interest Meeting for New Club

Posted on March 3, 2012

Originally published by The El Dorado News-Times on March 4, 2012.

An interest meeting for the new African American Cultural Enrichment Club, targeting Union County youth ages 13-18, will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. on March 11 in the Charles H. Murphy Boardroom of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce, 111 W. Main.

The AACEC is the latest initiative to be launched by the R.E.S.P.E.C.T (Respect Every Single Person/Effective Change Together) Coalition, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide positive encouragement to youth in El Dorado and Union County through mentoring and education.

With a theme of "Replenishing the Future with Seeds of Our Past,? the purpose of the AACEC is to develop research and communication skills, while enhancing self-pride and cultural awareness, as it pertains to African American History, for young people.

Markeith Cook, executive director of R.E.S.P.E.C.T, said the club will use black history to focus on the writing, research and public speaking skills of its participants.

He said sessions will be designed to engage all participants in a discussion on a black history person, place, organization or event, current events and other selected topics.

Cook said the chamber of commerce was chosen as a meeting location to help AACEC participants become accustomed to professional environments.

Those who wish to join the club are encouraged to dress for success.

For more information, call Cook at (870) 814-8382 or send an email to" "El Dorado Enters Its Second Act – Wednesday, March 07, 2012"