The Seventh Annual CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference will be held on Friday, Oct. 5 in the Center for the Arts (Building 1P) from 9:00am to 5:30pm.

This year’s Conference, “Rock the Vote: The Presidential Election, the Struggle for Voting Rights, and the Future of Urban America,” will feature morning and afternoon keynote lectures as well as morning and afternoon panel discussions. The general theme of our morning panel discussions will be the struggle for voting rights. We hope that the morning sessions will create a foundation for our afternoon panel discussions by providing general information on the struggle for voting rights leading up to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.  Additionally, the morning panel discussions will reinforce the importance of exercising one’s right to vote in light of the struggle for voting rights. Further, the afternoon panel discussions will offer more specific information on the upcoming Presidential election of 2012 as well as the impact of this election on the future of urban communities throughout the nation. In short, the Seventh Annual CUNY BMI conference is dedicated to exposing CUNY BMI students to the history of the struggle for voting rights leading up to passage of The Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the importance of exercising their right to vote in the upcoming election.

The Conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

-Kevin Powell, political and social commentator, activist, and author of Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and The Ghost of Dr. King: Blogs and Essays, will deliver the Morning Keynote Lecture.

-Derek Dingle, Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise magazine, will give the Early Afternoon Keynote Lecture.

More information is available online.