The St. Louis City NAACP has a long history of “Transforming Communities Through Education, Social Justice and Civic Engagement” and our February 19th, 2022, Civil Rights Mini Conference will focus on “Some of the Historic Systemic Failures Affecting Black Students, Families and Communities.” 

We will open with “How Democracy is Forged By the Fight for Civil Rights: Reflections on Voting, Higher Education and Policing” our presenter Debo P. Adegbile – Partner WilmerHale LLP/U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner. Mr. Adegbile argued two of the most significant civil rights cases in decades before the US Supreme Court, Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, and Shelby County v. Holder. Both cases involved constitutional challenges to core provisions of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Next up is a conversation with Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow at Brookings Metro, the author of the book “Know Your Price – Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities” the book analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.

Our next discussion will focus on “Access to Capital and Adverse Banking Environment for Underserved Communities” our presenter Kristen Broady, a Fellow at the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program. She is Professor of Financial Economics on leave at Dillard University in New Orleans. Her areas of research include mortgage foreclosure risk, labor and automation, and racial health disparities.

And we will close with a conversation on “Bridging the Environmental Benefits Gap for Underserved Households and Communities” our presenter is Byron DeLear, VP of Social Impact–Ygrene Energy Fund.

Byron has been a presenter on sustainability and PACE financing at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC, Midwest and Climate Policy Conferences (2010 and 2011), PACE Nation Summits (2016, 2017, 2019, 2021), University of South Florida Patel Global School of Sustainability (2019 and 2021) and is the recipient of the Energy Efficiency Champion Award from Renew Missouri.

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