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ABFE’s 2018 “The Fierce Urgency of Now” Conference

On April 16 in Memphis, Joint Center President Spencer Overton moderated a plenary conversation on building Black political power at the national conference of ABFE – A Philanthropic Partnership for Black Communities (formerly the Association of Black Foundation Executives).

Given the historical suppression of the Black vote and recent strides such as the election of numerous progressive, diverse candidates and the selection of several progressive policies, Spencer opened the discussion by asking panelists about the current Black civic engagement infrastructure, where its strengths lie, and where it can be improved.

“The session was one of the most moving panel events in which I’ve participated,” said Spencer. “Each of the speakers was a star, and we had an amazing combination of vision, strategy, substance, and inspiration. My strategy really was just to stay out of the way and let good things happen.”

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.