Date: April 23-25, 2014
Location: Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi
Co-hosts: Jackson State University and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation
The Gathering theme, ONWARD AND UPWARD!: Advancing the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color, speaks volumes. This theme links to the history of the work to guarantee freedom, justice, equality and educational equity for people of color. The Civil Rights Movement of the '50s, '60s, and '70s was one of the most impactful times in American history. In Mississippi and across this nation, individuals such as Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers, Cesar Chavez, Dennis Banks, Bob Moses, Russell Means, Dolores Huerta, Viola Liuzzo, Hollis Watkins, Fannie Lou Hamer and countless others worked hard for freedom, justice and the opportunities afforded to us today... Read more.
We are extremely pleased that the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans will hold a Town Hall at Jackson State University immediately following our Gathering of Leaders. Led by our colleague David Johns, this event will feature an extraordinary roster of nationally renowned speakers and opportunities for discussion. I strongly encourage you to be part of this historic event! You can sign-up to attend the White House Town Hall for free when you register for the Gathering.