School Choice is the Black Choice: Black Excellence in Education-The Role of Civil Rights and Black Advocacy Organizations

July 26, 2019 - 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
The Indiana Convention Center // Room 121

Young Professionals L.E.A.D. Summit

Equal parts professional development and community action, YP L.E.A.D.S. is a three-day summit created and led by National Urban League Young Professionals (ages 21-40).  The summit aims to empower young people to create positive change by connecting them with business leaders, policymakers, and, most importantly, each other.  Expect engaging plenaries and insightful forums, networking, and social events – all geared toward the young leaders of the Urban League Movement. 

This year, the National Urban League Young Professionals are celebrating their 20th anniversary.  Their year-long celebration culminates at the annual conference under the theme – THE HOMECOMING – with special events throughout the conference to mark the occasion.    

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Moderator: Roland Martin, Host, Roland Martin Unfiltered

Patricia Brantley,
Chief Executive Officer, Friendship Public Charter Schools
Curtis Valentine, Deputy Director of the Reinventing America’s Schools, Progressive Policy Institute
The Honorable Carlos Clanton, President, National Urban League Young Professionals, Vice Chair, School Board, Norfolk Public Schools
Tomeka Hart, Senior Program Officer, US Policy, Advocacy & Communications, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Derrick Johnson, President, and CEO, NAACP

The classroom remains a critical platform for the advancement of civil rights. Respected journalist Roland Martin and the K-12 national education media group The 74 bring their national School Choice/Black Choice tour back to Indianapolis, hosted by the National Urban League. Launched right here back in December 2018, the tour has mounted Town Halls in African American communities across the country, bringing together education reformers, faith and civic groups, concerned parents, and other stakeholders for an essential, fact-based conversation on the best-possible school options for African Americans. Martin and a blue ribbon panel unpack the myths, politics, and misconceptions about school choice and delve into the realities as they impact communities of color. The stakes couldn’t be higher, for our kids and our communities, for the future of the country. You don’t want to miss this discussion. Join us and participate!