Each year, the annual Pan African Student Leadership Conference takes
place at Minnesota State University, Mankato (MSUM) with a program full
of prominent speakers and talented students. Dr. Michael T. Fagin
founded the conference back in 1977 with support from Professor Mahmoud
El-Kati, a retired Macalester College faculty member and other southern
Minnesota community leaders.
The conference encourages leadership among students of color and permits students, scholars and professionals and the community to discuss issues that affect the African people locally, nationally, and internationally. In the 34 years of its existence, tens of thousands of Minnesota high school and college students have attended the conference.
Dr. Fagin sat down with Mshale to discuss the ethos and genesis of the conference.