Opening Plenary: Beyond the Hashtag: From Online Activism to Offline Change

August 02, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Greater Columbus Convention Center // Union Station ABC

Presiding:  Marc H. Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

Remarks: The Honorable Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, SC; President, US Conference of Mayors

Moderator: Ed Gordon, Host and Executive Producer of Ed Gordon

Tarana Burke, Founder, #MeToo Movement
April Reign, Senior Director of Marketing for Fractured Atlas; Creator, #OscarsSoWhite
Tamika D. Mallory, Founder, Mallory Consulting; National Co-Chair for the Women’s March and Activist
Jocelyn R. Taylor, Founder of JRT Multimedia LLC, #LayerUpWithJRT

All Hail the HashTag! #MeToo #WomensMarch #OscarsSoWhite, #BringBackOurGirls, #BlackLivesMatter…What do all of these have in common? They’re powerful weapons when it comes to online activism. Each of these hashtags has unboxed people’s thinking in regards to some of the social, political and economic problems affecting this country. Hear from the creators of some of these influential hashtags on issues of social justice, and learn how they have led the way to offline change.