Opening Plenary: State of Black America: How Do We #ProtectourProgress?
The past eight years have seen great strides and unprecedented progress for the nation and for African Americans. Under the Obama Administration, high school graduation rates for African Americans increased from 66.1% to 85%, 62 African Americans were appointed to serve as Federal judges, and 29.8 million Americans received health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. This progress is now threatened by aggressive executive orders, Cabinet appointments, and regressive policy implementation. How do we #ProtectOurProgress? Join us as we send a clear message to stakeholders and Congress that we will not go backwards but instead chart a path to sustained progress for our communities as we celebrate also the 10th anniversary of the Project Ready program creating a pipeline to college for our future leaders.
Jobs, Education, Health & Justice
Marc H. Morial
The Honorable Lyda Krewson, Mayor, City of St. Louis, MO
Tony West, General Counsel, Executive Vice President, Global Government Affairs and Corporate Secretary at PepsiCo
Tim Murphy, General Counsel and Chief Franchise Officer, Mastercard and NUL Trustee
Project Ready 10th Anniversary Recognition
Allan C. Golston, President of the United States Program, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Angela Rye, Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies; CNN Political Commentator and NPR Political Analyst
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Sociology Professor, Georgetown University, Author, Tears We Cannot Stop
Michael A. Grant, J.D., President, National Bankers Association
Dr. Valerie Montgomery Rice, President and Dean, Morehouse School of Medicine
The Honorable Tishaura Jones, Treasurer, City of St. Louis
Tamika D. Mallory, President, Mallory Consulting, National Activist, Champion of the New Civil Rights Movement