Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 10:15–11:30 a.m.
This workshop is a candid discussion on voter engagement in America. The purpose is to examine how disengagement in the democratic process affects communities and policy decisions. This workshop will feature a talk by Rev. Kojo Nantambu, the former NAACP Charlotte Mecklenburg Chapter President and current North Carolina NAACP board member. Currently, he is actively engaged in city and statewide community action to increase voter participation; bring new STEM businesses to the state; and support STEM education initiatives in the North Carolina. Following the talk, a small panel will discuss voting related issues and policies.
About the Presenter
Kojo Nantambu was originally named Roderick Kirby but changed his name in 1972. He was one of several African American students bused to white suburban high schools in Wilmington, North Carolina, who upon arrival found himself surrouned by hostility and resentment. He later became a leader in the 1971 racial turmoil in the city which began with a sitin in response to the school boar's prohibition of a memorial service on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.
From Oral Histories of the American South biography.