IMPACT will host and participate in a multitude of key events as part of the 44th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference.
We have compiled this listicle of sorts, including IMPACT-hosted events as well as events featuring IMPACT founders and IMPACT Leaders.
RSVP for all IMPACT events at: http://www.impact-dc.com/alc/2014
How can we leverage #Fergusonat the ballot box?
On September 23, 2014, IMPACT will kick off its ALC events with #HandsUpWeVote in light of National Voter Registration Day. #HandsUpWeVote is a mobilization event that discusses how we can connect the action happening in Ferguson, Missouri to sustainable civic solutions. Another goal is to provide information and technological strategies that can increase participation for the upcoming midterm elections. We will be partnering with young leaders from the BBPV initiative (Black and Brown People Vote) to teach participants how to use technology such as memes, graphics, visuals and social media outlets to encourage voting.
Additionally, IMPACT will have a voter registration drive on site so participants can vote and select leaders who can create positive change in cities like Ferguson. It has been nearly fifty years since the Voting Rights Act was passed, but people of color are still facing voting obstacles. Based off of IMPACT’s #VoteReady initiative, the objective is two fold: to increase voter registration and to provide community education so that voters can continue to be politically active long after the elections are over. It is crucial for black and brown people to take full advantage of the tools of democracy and to advocate for their communities so that lives can be improved. #HandsUpWeVote will further emphasize the need for voters to stay connected to their leaders and to diligently monitor relevant political issues affecting their communities as a whole. Participants will also be able to hear from WKYS radio personality, EZ Street, who will discuss how to channel the outrage toward the Mike Brown case into fuel for motivation and national political action which can ultimately empower cities like Ferguson.
When: September 23 from 6:00PM-9:00PM
Location: Busboys and Poets
1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
*This is a free event
Molding Young Leaders of Color for Success:
Emerging Leaders Town Hall
The annual Emerging Leaders Town Hall on Sept. 25th will engage African-American legislators, policy professionals, corporate executives, entertainers, and community advocates under the age of 40 in discussions about the state of affairs in Black America. This event will include two of our very own: IMPACT founder and strategist, Angela Rye, and Deon Jones, a 2014 IMPACT leader who is also the youngest elected official for DC’s Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC)! Additional speakers will include successful change makers such as Congressman of Steven Horsford of Nevada, Compton Mayor Aja Brown, Ledisi, and Sharon Lettman-Hicks of the National Black Justice Coalition, just to name a few. At this Town Hall event, participants cannot only be enlightened but also leave empowered with new strategies to achieve their own personal goals.
When: Thursday, September 25, 2014 from 2:00PM-4:00PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 201
Who: Legislators, policy professionals and community advocates
*This is a free event
Learn how to IMPACT Your World:
The Art of Social Entrepreneurship
On Sept. 26th, the Social Entrepreneurship Panel Discussion will feature the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Alumni Association. The aim of this event is to educate and empower innovative entrepreneurs who are seeking to create positive change in their communities. Panel participants will not only discuss how to produce positive change but will also highlight the keys to maintaining lasting results for deep rooted community improvement and economic success. Economic empowerment and community change are key IMPACT initiatives.
When: Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3:00PM-5:00PM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 145B
*This is a free event
Walker’s Legacy: 2nd Annual Women in Business and Civic Leadership Awards Program
This event will highlight and celebrate influential women of color. The Walkers Legacy will honor our very own Angela Rye, an IMPACT founder and now strategist. Angela Rye is one of the most dynamic young leaders on Capitol Hill and currently serves as the Executive Director and General Counsel to the Congressional Black Caucus. It is because of the vision of Angela and our other founders that IMPACT has quickly become a powerful voice and advocate for today’s young professionals of color nationwide. Please join us in celebrating the work of young women of color and expressing our appreciation for their outstanding contributions in civic engagement, business and political leadership.
When: September 23 from 6:00PM-8:00PM
18th Annual Celebration of Leadership in the fine Arts
This event will function as a scholarship fundraiser and as a celebration. The focus will be on young emerging artists, as well as great black legends, such as actress and director Phylicia Rashad who paved the way and created opportunities for young artists of color. Join us as we bring together the young and the old for a night of leadership commemoration and entertainment.
Who: Phylicia Rashad, Alvin Poussaint, Angela Rye
When: Wed Sept 24th from 8:00PM-10:30PM
Where: The Newseum 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001
Hip-Hop and Politics
This event will be hosted by Congressman Carson of Indiana and moderated by our very own Angela Rye, IMPACT founder and Strategist. This venue is geared specifically toward youth and students. The key goals of the event are to empower the youth and equip them with the tools necessary to promote political activism and awareness in their schools and communities.