More Black Agenda: Black Policy Summit at Howard U Friday

More Black Agenda: Black Policy Summit at Howard U Friday

WASHINGTON, DC—A national summit of scholars from universities and policy think tanks will meet at Howard University on February 1, 2013, for the Fourth Annual African American Economic Summit to discuss and analyze policy options and initiatives they think should be considered during President Obama’s second term. A central theme of the Summit will be the remarkably persistent racial disparities in U.S. society and how policymakers should seek to address them.

Scholars from leading universities (Duke, Howard,  Georgetown, the New School, the University of Pennsylvania, and John Jay College), and think tanks (the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and Brookings Institution) will take a hard look at issues such as wealth and income disparities, unemployment and labor, housing, health, education and treatment of returning veterans.  Congressman Bobby Scott (D-VA) and  Bernard E. Anderson of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School will examine the current economic crisis, especially with regard to its impact on African Americans, and offer policy prescriptions for the President’s second term.

Distinguished scholar and policy expert James (“Jim”) Carr, who has served in senior positions with the Opportunity Agenda, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and Fannie Mae, will speak on the challenges that continue to afflict the housing market.

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies will be represented by President and CEO Ralph B. Everett and Dr. Wilhelmina Leigh, an expert on wealth accumulation and housing policy.

Other presenters at the day-long summit will include Howard University faculty member Dr. William Spriggs, until recently Assistant Secretary of Labor for Policy and currently chief economist for the AFL-CIO, as well as Drs. Charles Betsey, Rodney Green, Haydar Kurban and Omari Swinton from the Howard University Department of Economics; Dr. Lorenzo Morris and Jonathan Hutto from the Howard University Department of Political Science; Duke University economist Dr. William (“Sandy”) Darity, known for his advocacy of a federal job guarantee for all workers; and other scholars from Duke’s  Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, including Margaret Gayle and Dr. Rhonda Sharpe.

The summit will provide an array of innovative policy options aimed at driving informed advocacy for progressive social change. Organizers said it also will generate alternatives to the deadlocked and polarized “inside the Beltway” policy discourse that has gripped Washington.

The event will be held at the Blackburn Center on Howard University’s main campus from 9:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on February 1, 2013, and includes a luncheon address by Jim Carr. The event is open to the public, but space is limited so registration is required.

The event will be live streamed from a link at

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies is one of the nation’s leading research and public policy institutions and the only one whose work focuses primarily on issues of particular concern to African Americans and other people of color. To learn more, please