White House Summit and national conference focused on educating African Americans to be held at JSU April 23-26

The main conference sessions will be streamed live. Click here for a conference agenda

(Jackson, Miss.) — The White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans will hold a summit at Jackson State University April 25-26, 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.

The event will offer an extraordinary menu of professional development opportunities for preK-12thgrade educational leaders including: 60+ workshops and in-depth learning seminars led by staff of schools demonstrating success in educating boys and young men of color, COSEBOC members, and nationally renowned education researchers and policy-makers.




“We are extremely pleased that the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans will hold a summit 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.”

Click here to register for the White House Summit.

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 Summit will begin 6 p.m. Friday, April 25, in the Rose E. McCoy Auditorium and resume Saturday, April 26. 






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