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Friday, April 14 • 11:00am - 11:50am
Ending the Black Recession in Your City FULL

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It’s been called a “permanent recession”:  Being born black in America means being born into a household with one thirteenth the wealth of the average white household - a gap that has widened over the past twenty-five years. Statistically, most middle class black kids are likely to be downwardly mobile. Black boys are twice as likely as their white peers to grow up to be unemployed, and seven times more likely to wind up in prison. In the face of such overwhelming odds, can your city offer a different future? These innovators say yes, and offer real strategies to break the cycle in this generation.

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Sarad Davenport

Director, City of Promise/Charlottesville Promise Neighborhood
Sarad Davenport currently serves as the Director of the City of Promise in Charlottesville, Virginia where he and team of neighbors, officials, and partners are building a cradle-to-college-and-career pathway for young people.

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Ace Epps

Akron BMe Community Manager, BMe Community
Certified facilitator, entrepreneur, social activist, community builder and artist/ poet. Ace has over 15 years experience working for nonprofit organizations that focus on entrepreneurship and job readiness training for returning citizens. He has started his own business called the... Read More →
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Melissa Maddox-Evans

Chief Executive Officer, Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority
Melissa Maddox-Evans is the Chief Executive Officer of the Charleston County Housing and Redevelopment Authority and the General Counsel for The Housing Authority of the City of Charleston and is an advocate for developing affordable housing opportunities for low to moderate income... Read More →
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James McKissic

Director: Multicultural Affairs, City of Chattanooga
James McKissic is the Director of the City of Chattanooga Office of Multicultural Affairs. His role for the City includes linking diverse businesses to City Government contracting opportunities, improving the City’s supplier diversity efforts, and working to promote inclusion and... Read More →


Beki San Martin

Scribe, Volunteer

Friday April 14, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 206, JSAAHC Jefferson School African American Heritage Center 233 4th St NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903