A Closer Look At The “Refresh The World” Symposium

A Closer Look At The “Refresh The World” Symposium

By Around Town, Uncategorized No Comments    January 19, 2009

As an African-American, this inauguration is especially momentous. The fact we are swearing-in our country’s first Black president; I can’t tell you how much this means to all of my relatives, friends, and the Black community as a whole.

Some have compared Barack Obama to Dr. King — some have equaled his election to our Presidency as a culmination of civil rights movement. A testament to equality among Blacks and Whites. Others proclaim that we still have a long way to go.

So today, on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, my friend Amanda and I went to the “Refresh the World” Symposium. Held in the Cramton Auditorium at Howard University, the Symposium addressed issues ranging from the economy to Black America and more.

There were five sessions held throughout the day: “Refresh Education,” “Refresh the Economy,” “Refresh Gender,” with Arianna Huffington, “Refresh Hip-Hop,” with Sean Combs (aka P. Diddy) and Queen Latifah, and “Refresh Black America.”

We watched “Refresh Black America,” moderated by Roland Martin with Rev. Al Sharpton, Dr. Cornel West, and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. Here are photos from this amazing event. At one point, I even went up to the stage to take pics and made direct eye contact with Cornel West and Al Sharpton. WOW. That’s all I can say. LOL.

Amanda and I on our way to the Symposium

Amanda and I heading down into the Metro, on our way to the Symposium




At the “Refresh the World” Symposium

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