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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