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>Slaughter will speak at April 11 HOME dinner

Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, will be the keynote speaker April 11 at the 43rd annual meeting of Housing Opportunities Made Equal.

The theme of this year's event is "HOME: The New Face of Civil Rights." It begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Buffalo Convention Center with a reception and dinner, followed by Slaughter's address.

A brief business meeting will follow, during which awards will be presented, and officers and board members elected.

The Sarah G. Metzger Human Rights Award will be presented to U.S. District Judge John T. Curtin, perhaps best known for his order to desegregate Buffalo Public Schools. He also played an important role in the settlement of a court case alleging discrimination in public housing.

Ticket prices begin at $40. Call HOME at 854-1400 for more information.

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>Host families sought for exchange students

Host families are being sought for high school exchange students from countries with largely Muslim populations.

"This historic program seeks to build on the values in common with Muslim societies as it strengthens voices of moderation and reinforces the United States' commitment to education and opportunity," said Melanie Donelson, New York area coordinator for ASSE International.

All the students have received scholarships for the 2006-07 school year through the U.S. State Department's Partnership for Learning Youth Exchange Program.

To become a host family, call 731-1442.

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>DuBois biographer to talk April 6 at Buffalo State

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Levering Lewis will lecture on "W.E.B. DuBois and the Talented Tenth" at 6 p.m. April 6 in Buffalo State College's Bulger Communications Center.

The event, part of the Niagara Movement Centennial Distinguished Lecture Series, is free and open to the public.

Levering won the Pulitzer in 1994 for "W.E.B. DuBois: Biography of a Race, 1868-1919" and again in 2001 for the second part of the biography, "W.E.B. DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963." Levering, a New York University history professor, is the first biographer to win the award for consecutive volumes on the same subject.

Stephanie J. Shaw, associate professor of history at Ohio State University, also will lecture.

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