OAKLAND -- The African American Organizations Making Connections series will be held Saturday at Laney College.

Hosted by Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, the event's theme is "Strategies and Outcomes for our Black Community." Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-Oakland) will lead a panel discussion that reflects on the black community as a whole, looking at the past, present and future.

There will be six workshops addressing topics such as strengthening communication between men and women, public safety and health and wellness.

"We look at kind of the larger picture and pressing issues that keep trending throughout our community," event coordinator Aisha Brown said. "We wanted to then engage the community to address these issues and find solutions."

The event will also have a vendor and exhibitor pavilion and a youth exhibition showcasing artwork from students in the area to encourage the youth to express themselves through art, Brown said.

Saturday's event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gymnasium at Laney College, 900 Fallon Street. A free lunch will be provided.

To participate, RSVP at http://aamakingconnections2013.eventbrite.com/

Walk-ins are also welcome to attend.