Members of the news media and public encouraged to attend.

What: A Panel Discussion: The State of Black Education in Charleston and America. This event is open to the public.

Who: Panelists will include national education advocates with extensive experience working on behalf of students, such as:

  • Kevin Johnson, Former NBA basketball star and former mayor of Sacramento, CA
  • Pastor Michael Phillips, Kingdom of Life Church
  • Michelle Rhee, Former Chancellor of Schools in Washington, D.C.
  • Roland Martin, Host & Managing Editor of NewsOneNow, Sr. Analyst Tom Joyner Morning Show
  • Tim King, President of Urban Prep Academies
  • Eric Mahmoud, Founder & President Harvest Network of Schools
  • George Parker, Former Washington Teachers’ Union President

When: Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 from 8:45 a.m. – noon. Lunch will be served.

Where: Conference Center at the Royal Missionary Baptist Church, 4761 Luella Ave., North Charleston, SC 29405

Other Details: This panel discussion, organized by education advocacy group SouthCarolinaCAN, is the first step in an ongoing process of engaging the Charleston community by joining together and discussing the state of public education, particularly in regard to African American students, at the start of Black History Month. The goal is to elevate the ongoing discussion about helping all Charleston students succeed.

Participating panelists are education advocates with extensive experience working on behalf of students. They will offer important insights into how to better reach African American students and help them to succeed academically.

Media Contact: Bradford Swann 478.461.6708


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