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Alfre Woodard and Hill Harper to Host Summit During Democratic National Convention

Charlotte, N.C. (May 22, 2012) – Students and educators from area colleges and universities will interact with some of the nation’s most influential political leaders during the week of the Democratic National Convention at a event titled “UFuture - A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers.” The interactive event will be live streamed from 10 a.m. to noon on Sept. 4 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C. UFuture is presented by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute in conjunction with Johnson C. Smith University. 

Invited guests will have an opportunity to share their ideas about living and learning in a global community as they interact with national elected officials, congressional members, White House officials, educators, entertainers and business leaders. Award-winning actors Alfre Woodard and Hill Harper will lead the summit featuring actress Jurnee Smollett, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Rep. James E. Clyburn, Rep. Melvin L. Watt and Johnson C. Smith University President Dr. Ronald L. Carter.

“During this important election cycle, voters will once again look to the Congressional Black Caucus Institute to provide a platform for dialogue, debate and an exchange of ideas,” said Watt, Congressional Black Caucus Institute Convention Chair.

Over 20 colleges and universities will be represented at the summit.  In addition to Johnson C. Smith University, participating institutions include Central Piedmont Community College, Johnson and Wales University, Gardner-Webb University, Livingstone College, Winthrop University, Wingate University, Davidson College, UNC Charlotte, South Carolina State University and Benedict College.

“The summit speaks to the desires of today’s young voters to engage in politics and seek answers to relevant issues that affect their future,” said Carter. “It falls directly in line with the Congressional Black Caucus Institute’s mission to educate today’s voters and train tomorrow’s political leaders.”

Over the past 12 years, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute has hosted many voter education events, including town hall meetings during the Democratic and Republican national conventions and three nationally televised presidential primary debates.

"This is a cyber-happening in which our audience will be texting, tweeting and live streaming in a dialogue about the 21st century challenges facing them individually and collectively," added Woodard.

The Congressional Black Caucus Institute is a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(4) social purpose organization.  The Congressional Black Caucus Institute was constituted with a self-directed mandate to deliver timely and relevant voter information, to create voter education opportunities and to provide political leadership and training programs.

Founded in 1867, Johnson C. Smith University is the premier independent urban liberal arts university located in the heart of Charlotte, N.C. It offers a progressive liberal arts curriculum with 26 fields of study to more than 1,600 students. The University prepares students for success through excellent academic programs with a focus on servant leadership, civic engagement and global responsibility.          

Jennifer Gaskins
Assistant Director of Communications and Marketing
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Brie Moore
Director of Convention Activities
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