FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd

5:30-8:00pm

<> Film Screening – From Protestors to Politicians: Ferguson Activists 5 Years Later

Kayla Reed

Kayla Reed

Organizer, Ferguson Action Council in St. Louis
De Nichols

De Nichols

Loeb Fellow, Harvard Graduate School of Design

SATURDAY, APRIL 4th

10:45am-12:00pm

<> Blackness in Machine Learning and AI: Trailblazing in Uncertainty

Daniel Marks

Daniel Marks

Digital Manager, Color of Change

<> Presidential Power of Hip Hop: The Influence of Hip Hop Music in 2020 Politics

Lisa Fager

Lisa Fager

Senior Advisor, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation
Che Kweku a.k.a. Rhymefest

Che Kweku a.k.a. Rhymefest

Artist, Writer, Activist
Bakari Kitwana

Bakari Kitwana

Executive Director, Rap Sessions
Akua Naru

Akua Naru

Artist-in-Residence, Brown University

<> The Family Reunion: Building Community and Solidarity within the African Diaspora

Michelle Joan Wilkinson

Michelle Joan Wilkinson

Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Dr. Nemata Blyden

Dr. Nemata Blyden

Associate Professor, George Washington University
2:00-3:15pm

<> Black Liberation: Decarceration and Prison Abolition as a Way Forward

glo merriweather

glo merriweather

Community Organizer, Charlotte, North Carolina
Rev. Alexis Anderson

Rev. Alexis Anderson

Founder and Executive Director, PREACH
Benny Lee

Benny Lee

Founder and CEO, National Alliance for the Empowerment of the Formerly Incarcerated
Viviane Saleh-Hanna

Viviane Saleh-Hanna

Professor, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

<> Reparations Now? – Reframing the Conversation, Re-envisioning Solutions

Stanley Onuoha

Stanley Onuoha

Founder and Managing Partner, Fruition Consulting
Cornell Brooks

Cornell Brooks

Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School

<> From the Hurricane Katrina to the Flint Water Crisis: Why Black People Must Remain on the Frontlines of the Struggle for Environmental and Climate Justice

Alex Bledsoe

Alex Bledsoe

Filmmaker, OAKLEAD
Monica Lewis-Patrick

Monica Lewis-Patrick

President & CEO, We the People Detroit
Colette Pichon Battle, Esq.

Colette Pichon Battle, Esq.

Founder, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy
Reine Rambert

Reine Rambert

Director of Content and Strategy

3:30-4:45pm

<> The Black Body and Healthcare: Understanding and Addressing the Historical Impacts of Health Inequities

Dr. Erinma Ukoha

Dr. Erinma Ukoha

Resident, University of California San Francisco
Dr. Valerie Stone

Dr. Valerie Stone

Professor, Harvard Medical School
Dr. Oni Blackstock

Dr. Oni Blackstock

Assistant Commissioner, NYC Department of Health

<> Let Her Learn: Understanding & Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Black Girls

Nia Evans

Nia Evans

Campaign Manager, National Women's Law Center
Kaia Stern

Kaia Stern

Director, Prison Studies Project at Harvard University
Kayla Patrick

Kayla Patrick

Data and Policy Analyst, P-12 Policy, the Education Trust
Samantha O’Sullivan

Samantha O’Sullivan

President, Generational African-American Students Association

The school-to-prison pipeline, the maze of policies and practices that unfairly pushes students out of school and into the criminal justice system, has long been framed as a boy’s issue. But we know from the data that girls are being targeted too. Black girls are only 20% of the preschool population, but 54% of preschool suspensions. Compounded by societal norms and their effects on academic expectations on black girls, and the constant under-investment of programs for them, black girls face immense obstacles that continue to affect them in their education and beyond into the workforce. Join us as we discuss: how are Black girls criminalized in school? How does race and gender discrimination affect their opportunities in the classroom? How are students fighting back, and what accountability systems can we propose?

<> Black Prosperity and Wealth Building : Assessing Racial Wealth Inequality in Black Communities

Lillian Singh

Lillian Singh

Vice President, Prosperity Now
Nia K. Evans

Nia K. Evans

Director, Boston Ujima Project
Sekou Kaalund

Sekou Kaalund

Head of Advancing Black Pathways, JP Morgan & Chase
Frederick Wherry

Frederick Wherry

Professor of Sociology, Princeton University