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MANSFIELD – Lodema M’Poko will be the speaker for the upcoming AALI Speaks event on Tuesday, Nov. 12, from noon to 1:30 p.m. She will talk about the criminal justice system in the U.S., with a particular focus on the African American community.

M'Poko is a Mansfield native and graduate of Mansfield St. Peter's High School. She worked for General Motors for nine years as a press tech and a production supervisor but left the company when the Mansfield plant closed.

She continued her education while working full-time, graduating from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor's degree in consumer finance, with minors in business and economics, and from the Cleveland State University College of Law with a Juris Doctorate.

She recently returned to Mansfield after spending several years in corporate litigation and business development in Washington, D.C. and hopes to use the experience she gained to encourage, empower, and uplift her fellow residents.

M’Poko brings tremendous expertise and insight into the important topic of criminal justice, especially as it relates to African Americans. Make sure to join us on Tuesday, Nov. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event will be at NECIC, 134 N Main St, Mansfield 44902.

Tickets are required and can be purchased for $10 at, though the event is free for AALI members. Seats are limited, so get your tickets quickly.

What is AALI?

AALI is the African American Leadership Initiative. The mission of AALI is to identify and cultivate African American leaders in Mansfield and Richland County and functions to create a network of diverse leaders with relevant opportunities to connect and contribute. To find out more about it and learn about ways to support this initiative, please visit our website at

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