It’s no coincidence that a nationwide rollback in voting rights for American’s most vulnerable citizens is happening just as elected officials mount an unprecedented campaign to slash investments in education and economic development.
That’s the message of the National Urban League’s 2012 State of Black America report, “Occupy The Vote To Educate, Employ and Empower,” which will be released during a Town Hall forum at Howard University’s Cramton Hall, 7 p.m. Eastern Time, on March 7. The Town Hall is free and open to the public.
For decades, The State of Black America has been the nation’s touchstone for the social and economic status of citizens of color. For the second year, the release of the report coincides with a high-energy Town Hall forum engaging distinguished leaders in the arenas of politics and government, academia, media and social justice. The event is fast becoming a much-anticipated tradition for the Howard University community, providing an opportunity for students, faculty, administrators and community members to engage with national movers and shakers.
Contributors to this year’s State of Black America include recording artist John Legend, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, activist and author Kevin Powell, educator Dr. Steve Perry and music industry entrepreneur Steve Soute.
WHO: National Urban League President and CEO Marc H. Morial
Howard University President Dr. Sidney Ribeau
Thought leaders, celebrities and elected officials
WHAT: The State of Black America Town Hall
WHERE: Howard University’s Cramton Hall
2455 Sixth Street, NW Washington, DC
WHEN: 7 p.m., March 7
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