Atlanta Summit Agenda

Friday, March 28, 2014
Time Event Participants
2:00pm Welcome John Wilson, President, Morehouse College
Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief, Ebony Magazine
David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
2:10pm –3:20pm PANEL I - A candid conversation about the challenges and opportunities facing young men of color Thabiti Stephens, Morehouse College student
Otha Thornton, III, Morehouse College student
Miles Ezeilo, Freshman, Grady High School
Frederick Keith Slaughter, Sophomore, Westlake High School
Moderator: Nick Chiles, author/journalist
3:40pm –4:45pm PANEL II – Black Male Success in Higher Education In line with President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, this session will highlight research and practice that shed light on the factors that facilitate black males’ success in college. Researchers, practitioners, and students will discuss what family members, professors, college staff, peers, and students themselves can do to develop academic and character preeminence among black male college students.


Shaun Harper, Exec Director, Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education
Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on HBCUs
Arlethia Perry-Johnson, Director, University System of Georgia’s African American Male Initiative
Tim Spicer, Morehouse Students
Bryant Marks, Executive Director, Morehouse Research Institute
Moderator: David J. Johns, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

4:45pm –6:00pm DINNER BREAK  
6:00pm –7:15pm PANEL III – The Cost and Benefit of Education Reform in Metro Atlanta Panelists will discuss the impact that an effective education system and an educated population can have on key aspects of an urban community, including, but not limited to: 1) workforce development and attracting businesses, 2) crime, incarceration, and recidivism, 3) city/county financial expenses and investments, and 4) political participation. Ideas regarding improving educational outcomes for all students, but Black males in particular, will also be shared.


Opening Remarks: John Handy, Chair, Economics, Morehouse College
John Eaves, Chair, Fulton County Commission
Courtney English, Chair, Atlanta Board of Education
Ceasar Mitchell, President, Atlanta City Council
Michael Hill, President, Metro Atlanta Black Chamber of Commerce
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Communications and Strategies Specialist

7:15pm – 8:30pm PANEL IV – My Brother’s Keeper: Community Forum As President Obama stated, “My Brother’s Keeper” is about helping more of our young people stay on track; providing the support they need to think more broadly about their future; building on what works, when it works, in those critical life- changing moments. This community forum is designed to highlight what works and what’s needed to support boys and men of color in the Atlanta metropolitan area.


Jim Shelton, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
Bryant Marks, President’s Board of Advisors on African American Educational Excellence and Director Morehouse Research Institute
Albert Dotson, President’s Board of Advisors, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans/Former Chairman 100 Black Men of America
Moderator: David Johns, Executive Director – White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Time Event Participants
9:00am Welcome John Wilson, President, Morehouse College
David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
Amy DuBois Barnett, Editor-in-Chief, Ebony Magazine
9:15am AfAmEdTalk The State of African American Education Today Ivory Toldson
Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
9:30am Panel V- Supporting the Holistic Development of African American Students: Supporting Our Sons This panel will highlight the importance of investing in the academic, social and emotional development of African American men and boys beginning at birth; including integrated student support services; high quality college and career ready coursework and out-of-school programs and services designed to ensure academic success as well as developmentally appropriate social and emotional growth.


Donna-Marie Winn, Scientist at Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute at University of North Carolina
David J. Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans
David Rice, Chair, Department of Psychology, Morehouse College
Joiselle Cunningham, Teaching Ambassador Fellow, U.S. Dept. of Ed
Odessius Fitts, Senior, Booker T. Washington HS in Atlanta, GA
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, television journalist and motivational speaker

11:00am AfAmEdTalk Reflections on A Pathway to Success
Wendy Raquel Robinson, Actor – BET’s The Game
Hosea Chanchez, Actor – BET’s The Game
11:30am Panel VI- What Does it Mean to Be College & Career Ready in the African American Community? This panel will explain what it means for African American students to graduate high school college and career ready. Panelists will discuss popular policies and practices impacting African Americans students, schools and communities (including the Common Core, clarifying the relationship between public charter schools and public non-charter schools and the importance of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics). Panelists will speak to specific strategies that have demonstrated success in supporting boys and men of color, especially those disconnected from formal systems of education or employment.


Charmaine Mercer, Vice President of Education Policy, the Alliance for Excellent Education
Gary McGaha, Interim President, Atlanta Metropolitan College
Joshua Young, Atlanta Technical College Student
Enrico Scott, Morehouse College Student
Nina Gilbert, Ivy Preparatory Academy Network
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Communications and Strategies Specialist

12:45pm–1:30pm Lunch Break  
1:45pm AfAmEdTalk The Cost & Consequence of Gun Violence Michael Skolnik
Political Director to Russell Simmons & Editor-in-Chief GlobalGrind.com
2:30pm Panel VII – My Brother’s Keeper: Leveraging Research & Community Resources to Support our Sons This panel will describe programs, policies and practices that result in safe, supportive and successful environments for boys and men of color. Consistent with the President’s remarks during the launch of the My Brother’s Keeper Initiative, this panel will underscore the need to support boys and men of color with particular emphasis on pipelines sand pathways enhancing the academic and workforce preparedness of African American males.


Scott Roberts, Senior Campaign Manager, The Advancement Project
Marlyn Tillman, Gwinnett SToPP/Dignity in Schools
J. Luke Wood, Assistant Professor, San Diego State University
Damon Williams, Sr. Vice President, Chief Educational and Youth Development Officer, Boys and Girls Club of America
Ronald Streets, Central Gwinnett High School
Moderator: David J. Johns, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

3:45pm Panel VIII- Empowering Parents, Guardians and Caring Adults to Support African American Educational Excellence This panel will equip parents, grandparents, guardians and caring adults with the information and resources needed to support and advocate for African American students in the Atlanta Metropolitan area. Panelists will provide tips for building meaningful relationships with educators and school leaders.


Otha Thornton, President National Parent Teacher Association
David Banks, Founder and CEO, Eagle Academy
Adrienne Goss, Atlanta Public Schools
Lucy McBath, Founder, Walk With Jordan Scholarship Foundation
William Greene, Principal, Mundy’s Mill High School
Moderator: Jeff Johnson, Communications and Strategies Specialist

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