40th Annual Conference on the Black Family, March 14 - 15, 2018

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Come celebrate and learn with us on March 14-16 as we kick off Hampton University’s 40th Annual Conference on the Black Family: A Spotlight on Strong Black Families: Faith, Identity, & Community, presented by the School of Liberal Arts and Education.

“Too often, the conversation about black families is centered on problems. Those conversations are valuable, but our purpose this year is to celebrate what makes black families strong and resilient. Let us rejoice in our shared history and bright future!” – Dr. Linda Malone-Colon, Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education.

This year's Conference on the Black Family seeks to explore, celebrate, and plan a bright future around the powerful influences of the black church, social sciences, the arts, and social justice on the Black Family.

Join us at our beautiful "Home by the Sea", as we celebrate and equip resilient families through renowned keynote speakers, workshops, and fun entertainment and music. The opening keynote speaker will be Roland Martin, the host and managing editor of TV One Cable Network, where for four years he has hosted NewsOne Now, the first daily morning show in history focus on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. Our other guests include scholars like Dr. Ronald Mincy and Dr. James Peterson and popular media personalities such as DJ Envy and Adimu Colon.

Conference sessions will focus on topics like black fatherhood, violence prevention through family and community partnerships, creating and maintaining healthy relationships, the black family’s role in social justice, and much more. You will also be able to enjoy a rich variety of musical performances (including Kindred the Family Soul) and displays of brilliant black artwork!

This is one conference that will benefit ALL members of the family and our community.

Sign up NOW and be sure not to miss this insightful and influential event!

2018 Conference on the Black Family Schedule

Date Sessions
Wednesday, March 14
6:00PM - 8:00PM Keynote Address "Striving and Thriving"
Speaker: Roland Martin
Location: Ogden Hall
8:00PM - 9:30PM Reception (Invitation Only)
Location: University Museum
Thursday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:15PM The Impact of Incarceration and Police-Related Shootings on Families and Their Enduring Strength and Resilience
Speakers: Dr. George Woods, Dr. Kermit Crawford, Dr. Richard Mason
Location: Student Center Ballroom A, B, C
12:30PM - 1:45PM Lunch Break (On your own)
2:00PM - 3:15PM Integrating Church and State: How Faith Communities and Federal Government Can Work Together to Strengthen Black Families
Speaker: Joshua DuBois
Student Center Ballroom A, B, C
3:30PM - 4:45PM Cultivating Strong Black Families Through Education: The Influence of Culture-Based Practices on Improving Educational Outcomes for African-Americans
Speaker: Dr. James Braxton Peterson
Location: Student Center Ballroom A, B, C
6:00PM - 8:00PM Relationship Goals: A Glimpse into Real Black Love
Speakers: Adimu Colon (Host), Raashaun "DJ Envy" and Gia Casey, and Kindred the Family Soul
Location: Student Center Ballroom A, B, C
9:30AM - 10:45AM Why Social Justice Matters for Black Families
Speaker: Kenneth Hardy
Friday, March 16
12:00PM - 1:30PM Closing Luncheon: "Bringing it Together: How Faith, Culture and Resilience Can Lead to Community Activism"
Speaker: Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, D. Min
Location: Student Center Ballroom A, B, C
9:00AM - 10:30AM Strong Black Fathers
Speaker: Dr. Ronald Mincy
Location: Student Center Ballroom A, B, C