Black Leadership Conference
Contact: Aishah Pacheco, CMP
CHUCK D, FOUNDER OF PUBLIC ENEMY, AND DR. MAE JEMISON, FIRST WOMAN OF COLOR IN SPACE, AT GA TECH BLACK LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Atlanta, GA, Feb 2010: Chuck D, leader and co-founder of the legendary rap group, Public Enemy, will deliver a keynote address at the Georgia Tech African-American Student Union’s Black Leadership Conference on Sunday, February 21, 2010 at the Ferst Center for the Arts at GA Tech at 2pm.
The event features an opening address by Dr. Mae Jemison. Mae C. Jemison blasted into orbit aboard the shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992 as the first woman of color to go into space; she served as a NASA astronaut for six years. Now the founder and president of two technology companies, the space flight was just one in a series of accomplishments for this dynamic woman. Most recently, Dr. Jemison developed a new business, BioSentient Corporation, a medical technology company that creates and markets mobile equipment worn to monitor the body’s vital signs and train people to respond favorably in stressful situations.
The 7th Annual Black Leadership Conference (BLC) is a student-run, student-financed, annual event created by the African-American Student Union (AASU) that promotes leadership and diversity in professional and community life. GA Tech student, Ms. Jakeisha Smith is this year’s conference chair. In prior years AASU presented events featuring Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Cornel West and then Senator Barack Obama.
The theme of the conference is I-Change: Filling the Void Between Self and Community. In addressing such timely topics as economic empowerment, environmental awareness, and self-empowerment the conference agenda seeks to demonstrate how we can and must commit to being the catalyst for positive change in our communities. A signature initiative, Leadership for Tomorrow will present the capstone projects of high school students to whom AASU members have provided mentorship. Pioneered by GA Tech students Kelli Stancil and Matthew Carson, Leadership for Tomorrow mentoring program seeks to motivate, inspire, and cultivate the minds of local high school students, while exposing them to a variety of academic opportunities, careers, and outlets where they are under-represented. For further information visit www.gtblc.org