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Joint Center President Spencer Overton Joins Verizon Panel on Tech and Black Communities

On September 12, Joint Center President Spencer Overton participated in Verizon’s panel, Tech is the New Normal: How Black Communities Thrive in the Digital Economy.

The description for the conversation focused on “how [African Americans] leverage the power of technology in today’s connected world” as “African American communities across America are embracing new technologies and innovations that have the potential to transform our communities by increasing economic opportunities and reducing social disparities.”

Other participants included Rev. Jesse Jackson, Mayor Steve Benjamin, Mayor Frank Scott, Jr., The PLUG Founder Sherrell Dorsey, TechBirmingham President Deontée Gordon, and Brookings Foundation Center for Technology Innovation Fellow Dr. Nicol Turner Lee.

Watch a short clip from the panel below.

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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.