36th Annual Conference on the Black Family

Registration Information

Full Registration

Full registration includes admission to the Opening Ceremony, all panels and roundtables, WHOV Lounge, Closing Luncheon, and a logo gift.

The full registration prior to March 9 is $75 for the general public; and $55 for military and seniors.

After March 9, the full registration is $95 for the general public; and $75 for military and seniors.

Additional Registration Options

WHOV Lounge Only
$35 per person

Head Over Heels Luncheon Only
$35 per person

The Opening Ceremony, all panels and roundtables are FREE for HU students, faculty and staff.

For more information, please call (757)727-5405.

You're Invited to
Hampton University's 36th Annual Conference on the Black Family
March 19-21, 2014

Come join leaders from media, entertainment, politics and education, all convening on Hampton University's beautiful waterfront campus to discuss this year's theme, "ESSENTIALLY BLACK: Media and the Modern American Family." We will focus on the evolving face of families in America, and we'll explore how the convergence of race and ethnicity, untraditional relationships and media coverage across multiple platforms are together impacting the modern family. Moreover, we'll explore bedeviling issues such as crime and gun violence, we'll offer insight and advice on enhancing the health and wellness of our families, and we'll unwind and enjoy live entertainment from After 7! Featured speakers and guests include Salamander Resorts CEO and Black Entertainment Television co-founder, Sheila Johnson; Michelle Miller of CBS News; National Urban League president Marc Morial; author and journalist Dr. Ian Smith; ABC News Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts; ESPN's NBA analyst Chris Broussard; Inside Edition's April Woodard; the producer of the television reality show, "Preachers of L.A.," and many more!


Wednesday, March 19

Opening Ceremony

7:30 p.m. ��� Ogden Hall, Hampton University
Keynote: Sheila Johnson, CEO, Salamander Hotels & Resorts;
Co-Founder, Black Entertainment Television

Honored Black Family Ceremony:
Honoring the Gardner-Miller-Morial Family, including Edna Gardner, Hampton Class of 1946; Michelle Miller, CBS News; Marc Morial, President, The National Urban League

Thursday, March 20

Panels & Roundtables
9 a.m. ��� 5 p.m. ��� Hampton University Student Center

Fifty Shades of Black: Join television producers and experts as we explore the evolving portrayal and images of modern black families across the burgeoning universe of digital and traditional media.

Spirituality, Sexuality, Multi-Ethnicity: Issues that were once taboo in black families are now front and center. As the family portrait on the mantle changes, and our family reunions become multi-ethnic affairs, how do we discuss and embrace these new realities in modern families?

Health, Wellness and Longevity: New strategies and information to help enhance and increase our lives, including practical advice for students and young professionals on how to eat well, live longer, and raise healthy families.


7 p.m. -- Hampton University Student Center
The WHOV Lounge Presents:
The Comedy of Willie & Woody
Special Musical Performance by After 7, featuring Kevon Edmunds

Friday, March 21

Roundtable Discussion

10:00 a.m. ��� Hampton University Student Center
Love Life? Love Guns?: Are senseless violence and a nation's unbridled love affair with guns threatening the future of our families?
Sponsored by the Hampton University Minority Men's Health Initiative

12 p.m. ��� Hampton University Student Center Ballroom
Head Over Heels Luncheon:
This year's conference will culminate with a luncheon, where we will pay tribute to a select group of women who have achieved extraordinary success in media and entertainment, all while maintaining and extolling the beauty of womanhood, and the virtues of strong family values.
Keynote: Debbie Pollock-Berry, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, XO Communications

The Hampton University Conference on the Black Family

Since 1978, when Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey recognized a need for consistent and formal dialogue concerning the African-American community, the Hampton University Annual Conference on the Black Family has provided an annual forum for people to come together to discuss important issues concerning the black family.

Are you a Hampton University student, faculty member or staff member?

Will you be attending the
Closing Luncheon or WHOV Lounge?