(Jackson, Miss.) — The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans will hold a town hall meeting at Jackson State University this spring, following a national conference emphasizing the importance of educating young men of color.
The Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) will hold its 8th Annual Gathering of Leaders conference April 23-26 on the JSU campus.
COSEBOC, JSU and the Mississippi Center for Education Innovation announced the conference plans Jan. 16 at Blackburn Middle School.
“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,” said COSEBOC Executive Director Ron Walker. “Led by our colleague David Johns, this event will feature an extraordinary roster of nationally renowned speakers and opportunities for discussion.”
You can sign-up to attend the White House Town Hall for free, as part of our Gathering online registration.
Walker said the Gathering theme, Onward and Upward! Advancing the Affirmative Development of Boys and Young Men of Color, speaks volumes.
“I am excited that 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,” Walker said.
” 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,” said Walker.
The White House Town Hall will begin Saturday, April 26 at 9 a.m. The event’s agenda can be found at http://www.coseboc.org/