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U senior Gladys Mambo who started The  Griot, a newsletter devoted to black culture and campus news.

U of M senior Gladys Mambo is also president of the U's African Student Association.

Black voice on campus

by University of Minnesota News Service

From eNews, January 22, 2004

University of Minnesota senior Gladys Mambo wanted black students to have more of a voice on the Twin Cities campus. So last fall, she started The Griot, a newsletter devoted to black culture and campus news. With help from other black students, Mambo produced a 12-page newsletter with pages dedicated to politics, health issues, personal relationships, reviews of music and movies, poetry, and events on and off campus. About 300 copies of that inaugural issue were distributed. Mambo, president of the U's African Student Association, says that after two issues response continues to be positive. The Griot is named after the West African word for storyteller. "The newsletter is very much in its embryonic stages, but we are hoping that [future issues] will be even bigger and better," says Mambo, who is majoring in political science and English. "It's a lot of work [putting an issue together], but I feel that black students in general need space to express themselves creatively." Mambo came to Minnesota from Cameroon four years ago. She is also vice president of the Black Student Union and a forum chair for the Minnesota Programs and Activities Council, a University student organization that brings noted speakers to campus. To learn more about The Griot, e-mail Mambo at