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Press Release

The African American Vote in 2012 and Beyond

August 8, 2011, 12:00pm – 1:30pm

As 2012 approaches, much attention has been focused on the key parts of the coalition that swept President Barack Obama into office. Within that coalition, African Americans were seen as a reliable voting block on the left. But is that still true? With persistently high unemployment and continuing economic woes within the black community, is there room for the right to make inroads? How has the election of the nation’s first black president changed the course of the civil rights movement? And as African Americans migrate from northern cities to states like Georgia and Texas, what will this reverse migration mean for 2012 and beyond? Will the increasing numbers of black immigrants and young biracial African Americans have a dramatic effect on the policy agenda of the black community?

Please join us for a dynamic conversation about the African American community and its importance and place in the electorate.

Keynote Speaker:

Featured Speakers:

  • Jamal Simmons, Principal, The Raben Group
  • Jonathan Capehart, The Washington Post
  • Kim Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science, Director of the Center for Women, Politics and Policy, Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University

Moderated by:

Daniella Gibbs Leger, Vice President for New American Communities Initiatives, Center for American Progress


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