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Since our nation’s founding in 1776, each generation has been challenged to create a more perfect union with liberty and justice for all. We have made great strides toward a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people. But in the 21st century, we remain challenged by racism. Since 2011, Texas has been one of five states in the U.S. where the majority of residents are ethnic minorities. However, disparity and prosperity remain an issue in many of our communities. How do we move our state and nation closer to equality and equity for all?
Our primary venue for this discussion will be Paul Quinn College, the state’s oldest Historically Black College (HBCU). We will address diverse and sometimes contrary views about race’s impact on many sectors, including public education, economic development and criminal justice. In 2016, racism motivated mass violence against Dallas police, while in 2017 Dallas’ elected officials renamed public schools, streets and parks as well as removed monuments. In 2018, the state universities’ affirmative action policies may go before the Texas Supreme Court. Dallas, our host city, is emblematic of many race issues making headlines today, but our goal is to move past sensationalism to grapple with tough realities and find common ground.
AGENDA AT A GLANCE
Thursday, April 26
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm Executive Committee Meeting
5:00 pm - 5:45 pm New Director Briefing
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Reception & Panel (open to all, dinner on own)
Friday, April 27
7:15 am Transportation to Paul Quinn College
8:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:45 am - 3:30 pm Panels & Keynotes
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm Alumni Briefing
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fireside Chat
Saturday, April 28
8:30 am - 11:30 am Panels & Keynotes
11:30 am - 2:00 pm Board Meeting
2:30 pm - 4:30 pm Optional Experience: Freedman's Cemetery Tour
Thank you Race Relations in Texas Committee
Catherine Cuellar & Ron Davis, Co-Chairs
Lori McMahon, Kirk Pittard, Owen Ross, Crayton Webb, Amy Blakely, Michael Grace, Tam Hawkins, Sarah Jackson, Susan Wells Jenevein, Rebekah Kay, Holly Kuzmich, Mackenzie Martin, Margo McClinton Stoglin
Thank you sponsors