Conference to address family, health

Repairing the family, economic power and promoting healthy living are the focus of Ujamaa 2013, a conference scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Imani Temple No. 49 in Lafayette.

Conference founder Takuna Maulana El Shabazz said the free event will “challenge our paradigms of thought.”

Topics include alternative medicine, black midwives, Obamacare and black media, and events include music, a marketplace, film, dance, food, poetry and children’s activities.

El Shabazz said organizers want attendees to “discover different paradigms,” not only for governing their families and themselves but for governing their community.

Taki S. Raton, an adjunct professor at Springfield College in Milwaukee, will address family values in a speech at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The conference resumes at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Writer Anne McMillion will deliver a speech at 7:30 p.m., “The Rise of the Original Black Woman.”

The conference continues at 10 a.m. Sunday.

For more information on Ujamaa 2013, call (337) 326-0305.