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Booker to speak about diversity

February 4, 2013
The Inter-Mountain

The Honorable Cory A. Booker, mayor of Newark, N.J., will give a talk, "Bridging the Divide: The Strengths and Challenges of Diversity in America," at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 in the Mountainlair Ballrooms on the campus of West Virginia University in Morgantown.

This event is free and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research.

In his two terms as mayor, Booker, 42, has set an ambitious agenda for Newark and, in the process, fashioned a national standard for urban transformation. He and his administration, together with the city's residents, have more than doubled the rate of affordable housing production, undertaken a massive expansion of parks and recreation spaces, brought more than $1 billion of new economic development into the city and instituted sweeping education reform and crime reduction efforts.

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Brands such as Panasonic, Manishewitz and audible.com have relocated their national and international headquarters to Newark. Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, has gifted the city with $100 million for the school system.

These successes, along with Booker's hands-on governance - he once pulled a constituent from a burning building - landed him on the 2011 TIME 100, the magazine's annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Booker received his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University, a B.A. in modern history at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar and his law degree at Yale University.

 
 

 

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