BMS Save the Date 2015

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2015 Keynote Speakers

Friday, April 9, 2015

Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith

Stephen A. Smith is a local ESPN Radio host and ESPN.com columnist. He is a featured commentator on ESPN2’s First Take weekdays discussing and debating the sports topics of the day. In September 2014, Smith began hosting the daily Stephen A. Smith Show on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio. [bio]

Friday Lunch Speaker

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

A popular University professor of sociology at Georgetown University, Michael Eric Dyson bridges gaps between generations, connecting civil rights identity to hip-hop culture while forging links between older and younger Americans, especially black Americans. As a cutting edge historian, he educates the general public on the significance of hip hop, not only in understanding black culture, but American cultural as well. With his powerful voice, Dyson reaches beyond race, addressing the universal commonality of American concern.  [bio]

Friday Closing Speaker

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti is Founder and President, Third World Press. Third World Press (TWP) is the largest independently black-owned press in the United States. Since the 1960s, the company has focused on publishing culturally progressive and political books of fiction and non-fiction, poetry, and cross-genre work. [bio]

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Morning Speaker

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams ‎is the Senior Vice President for Programs, Training, and Youth Development for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a scholar, leader, and educator, passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities. [bio]

Saturday Lunch Speaker

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College. Prior to that, he held positions at Columbia University and Temple University. Dr. Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is the former host of the nationally syndicated television show Our World With Black Enterprise and political contributor to Fox News Channel. An award-winning journalist, Dr. Hill has received numerous prestigious awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, GLAAD, and the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. [bio]

Join us at the Akron, Ohio, premiere of the film –

“Finding the Gold Within”

on 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at E. J. Thomas Center for Performing Arts”

Finding the Gold Within follows six black men from Akron, Ohio, through their first years of college. Despite their high levels of confidence and critical thinking, the stark reality of being away from their families and communities brings a series of crises. A sister dies in a car accident; a home gets broken into, a brush with the law, racial jokes and provocations never seem to end. [more]