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On Thursday, September 12, the NAACP Youth and College Division hosted a Black Millennial Roundtable Discussion titled The Millennial Awakening: Developing a Domestic and Social Equity Agenda. Our Youth and College Division teamed up with the National Panhellenic Council (NPHC), National Action Network (NAN), and the National Urban League at the Congressional Black Caucus Annual Legislative Conference (CBC ALC) to call on millennials to develop policy agendas that serve the interest of young voters, creates a system of political accountability and participation, and examine legislative measures that stand to shape the future of American politics.

Millennials are empowered by information, transparency, and authenticity. However, low turnout among young voters has limited the impact of this shift in demographics and created a serious question about a generational political agenda. Moderated by Phillip Agnew, eight panelists teamed together to answer questions on everything from reparations to voter suppression. 

Panelists included

  • Raychelle Tasher, Esq. Restructuring Associate, Kirkland & Ellis — Creator: Young Black and Lawyered Group 
  • Richard Scott Brookshire, Creator: Black Veterans Project, Co-creator: Reparations Podcast 
  • Ravi K. Perry, Ph.D., Chair of Political Science, Howard University. 
  • Cirilo R. Manego III, CIO, and Director of Digital Advocacy, Black With No Chaser
  • Waikinya Clanton, Senior Advisor, Chair at Democratic National Committee 
  • Ray B. Shackelford, President National Urban League Young Professionals 
  • Jamal Watkins, Vice President of Civic Engagement at the NAACP 
  • The Honorable Dawn Butler, MP: UK Shadow Minister for Equality

After a spirited and engaging discussion, attendees were encouraged to keep the conversation going. “ You can’t do epic things with people who do not have an epic mindset. If you feel like the people you surround yourself with are stagnant,  you need to change your circle. Get with the people who you need to get with so you can push a winning agenda for our community,” said Jamal Watkins, NAACP Vice President of Civic Engagement. 

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