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To mark the historic occasion of our 50th anniversary,
the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
is hosting a
major virtual event

The Eddie Williams

Future of Black Communities

Leadership Summit

Streaming on December 7-9, 2020

7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. EST

The Future of Black Communities Leadership Summit will convene Black thought leaders, academics, elected officials, and other stakeholders to help the Joint Center frame the economic policy agenda for Black America for the next four years in the wake of COVID-19 and to provide a national push against systemic racism. This three-day virtual celebration will serve as an opportunity to commemorate five decades of the Joint Center’s progress while gearing up for the work that is ahead.

 


 DAY 1: THE FUTURE OF BLACK AMERICA

WELCOME
POLLING PRESENTATION: THE ROLE OF BLACK PEOPLE IN THE 2020 ELECTION

  • HIT Strategies Partner Terrance Woodbury

CONVERSATION: THE NEXT FOUR YEARS FOR BLACK AMERICA

  • Congresswoman Joyce Beatty
  • NPR All Things Considered Weekend Host Michel Martin

PANEL: PRIORITIES OF EMERGING BLACK COMMUNITIES

  • CNN Political Commentator Bakari Sellers
  • Hudson-Webber Foundation President & CEO Melanca Clark
  • University of Chicago Professor Cathy Cohen

FIRESIDE CHAT: BLACK AMERICA, TECHNOLOGY, AND THE ECONOMY

  • Uber Chief Legal Officer Tony West
  • UCLA Associate Professor and Algorithms of Oppression author Safiya Noble

 


DAY 2: BLACK RESILIENCE AFTER 2020

PANEL: COVID-19 RELIEF, BLACK BUSINESSES, AND BLACK FAMILIES

  • House Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott
  • Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester
  • CBS News Analyst Jamal Simmons

CONVERSATION: THE ECONOMIC IMPLICATIONS OF COVID-19 FOR BLACK COMMUNITIES

  • Color of Change President Rashad Robinson
  • Michigan State University Economics Professor Lisa Cook

FIRESIDE CHAT: CORPORATE COMMITMENT TO BLACK ECONOMIC GROWTH AND DISMANTLING SYSTEMIC BARRIERS

  • Black Economic Alliance Co-Chair Charles Phillips
  • Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall

 


DAY 3: THE FUTURE OF THE JOINT CENTER

FIRESIDE CHAT: LEARNING FROM THE LEGACY OF BOULE ARCHONS EDDIE WILLIAMS, ELIJAH CUMMINGS, AND JOHN LEWIS

  • House Majority Whip James Clyburn
  • Professor and Executive Director at University of Kentucky; 48th Grand Sire Archon, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Dr. Gregory J. Vincent  

THE ROLE OF A BLACK THINK TANK TODAY AND MOVING FORWARD

  • Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass

REMARKS FROM THE HONOREE OF THE 2020 LOUIS E. MARTIN AWARD

CLOSING REMARKS