On July 26, 2012, President Obama launched a new White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans to help accelerate national efforts to support African American students. Improving educational opportunities for all students is critical to ensuring we increase college completion and employment rates to strengthen our nation’s economy.

2014 Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Students at any age, birth through adulthood, deserve opportunities—opportunities afforded by a high-quality school experience that prepares them for careers with family sustaining wages and opportunities for advancement in the global 21st century workforce. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans and Ebony Magazine are proud to present, “The 2014 Summits on Educational Excellence for African Americans.”


  1. Raising awareness about the importance of investing in African American educational excellence to ensure African American students, schools, and communities are supported in learning and development opportunities beginning at birth;
  2. Highlighting individuals and organizations who are successfully supporting African American educational excellence;
  3. Supporting community engagement by creating opportunities for parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults to increase the number of African American’s who graduate from high school prepared for future success.


March 28-29, 2014  Agenda
Morehouse College Atlanta, GA
With the Morehouse Research Institute on the African American Male

April 25-26, 2014 (Register here)
Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
With the Coalition of School Educating Boys of Color
[If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in this event, i.e. sign-language interpreter, captioning services, Braille, large print or CD Rom, please contact AfAmEducation@ed.gov no later than April 20, 2014.]

June 13-14, 2014 (Registration opens May 13)
Laney College, Oakland, CA
With Frontline Solutions 3rd Annual Gathering of Leaders

October 24-25, 2014 (Registration opens September 24)
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
With the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education

 Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other
                                                      – John F. Kennedy

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