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Students walk through the Student Union to attend the Black Issues Conference

Black Issues Conference

The Black Issues Conference conference brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss different issues affecting the Black community.

19th Annual Black Issues Conference

Black Issues Conference 2024

The Annual Black Issues Conference coordinated by Multicultural Student Life and the UTK Chapter of NAACP is Saturday, February 3, 2024! The purpose of this conference is to offer a forum for research and discussion of issues affecting the African American community. The Black Issues Conference features an outstanding keynote speaker and workshops.

The Black Issues Conference registration has been closed. However, you are still more than welcome to attend the conference. On-site registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024.

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Since 2006, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and MSL have hosted the Black Issues Conference conference, which typically takes place in February during Black History Month. Some issues may include education, health, and much more.

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Past Speakers

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman, Editor of The Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System
Judy Smith, lawyer and inspiration for ABC’s hit TV show Scandal
Roland Martin, TV One news host
MC Lyte, hip-hop legend
Angela Rye, attorney and CEO of IMPACT Strategies