HU to Host the 42nd Annual Conference on the Black Family

Elevating Black Families – Actualizing the Vision of the Beloved Global Community, Featuring Dr. Freddie Haynes, Lamman Rucker, DJ Envy and more

Hampton, Va. (February 28, 2024) –Hampton University’s School of Liberal Arts and Education is proud to announce the 42nd Annual Conference on the Black Family. The conference, themed “Elevating Black Families – Actualizing the Vision of the Beloved Global Community,” will take place from March 20th to March 22nd, 2024, on HU’s campus.

The Annual Conference on the Black Family serves as a platform for scholars, community leaders, educators, and advocates to convene and discuss pertinent issues facing Black families globally. This year’s theme, “Elevating Black Families – Actualizing the Vision of the Beloved Global Community,” underscores the importance of fostering unity, resilience, and empowerment within Black families worldwide.

The programs will take place at Ogden Hall, Armstrong Hall, and the HU Student Center, beginning with the Opening Session on Wednesday, March 20 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm in Ogden Hall and concluding on Friday March 22 in the Student Center Ballroom with a closing luncheon from 12:00pm – 2:00pm in the Student Center Ballroom.

The conference will feature keynote addresses, panel discussions, workshops, and presentations exploring various aspects of Black family life, including education, health, economics, culture, and social justice. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in meaningful dialogue, share best practices, and collaborate on innovative solutions to uplift and strengthen Black families.

“We are honored to host the 42nd Annual Conference on the Black Family at Hampton University,” said Linda Malone-Colon, dean, HU School of Liberal Arts and Education and Principal Investigator, National Center for Black Family Life. “As a beacon of academic excellence and cultural heritage, HU is committed to advancing the well-being and prosperity of Black families everywhere.

“We have always been inspired by the sermonic sensibilities of Dr. King, said Malone-Colon. “And this year’s slate of programs and dynamic presenters are all dedicated to realizing King’s vision for the beloved community through knowledge sharing, guidance, and real-time support and insights provided to all conference participants.”

Several featured presenters/speakers include: Rainbow PUSH CEO Rev. Dr. Freddy Haynes (Friendship West, Dallas TX), Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, pastor, Chicago’s Trinity Church of Christ, Rashan “DJ Envy” and Gia Casey, Lamman and Kelly Rucker, Dr. Bradford Wilcox, director, National Marriage Project and professor, UVA, Andrew Billingsley, family scholar and 8th president of Morgan State University and many more.

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Founded in 1868, Hampton University has been the Standard of Excellence in higher education for over 150 years. Rich in history and tradition, Hampton University is recognized as one of the top historically black colleges and universities in the world, and recently named the top private university in Virginia. Hampton provides a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations.

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