Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Announces First-Ever Emerging Leaders’ Summit

Black Millennial and Generation Z leaders tackle the student loan crisis and entrepreneurship.

June 22, 2021      

Erica Nash-Thomas

WASHINGTON—The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. (CBCF) today announces its first-ever Emerging Leaders’ Summit as part of its ongoing “Policy for the People” series to examine critical issues affecting the global Black community.  On June 24, beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET and again at 2:00 p.m. ET, the virtual summit will host Millennial and Generation Z leaders to examine two issues affecting Black economic empowerment: student loan debt and entrepreneurship.

Student loan debt and entrepreneurship can either hinder or boost efforts toward shrinking the racial wealth gap. The summit will focus on issues that affect building Black wealth through the lived experiences of Millennials and Generation Z leaders. The leaders will discuss the future implications of student debt on building Black wealth as well as highlight both the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship.

Invited participants and speakers to the 10:00 a.m. panel, “Student Loan Debt: A Barrier to Building Black Wealth” include Rep. Gregory Meeks; Sianay Chase Clifford, Congressman John Lewis Social Justice Fellow, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Fenaba R. Addo, Associate Professor of Public Policy, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Devon Graves, Assistant Professor of Higher Education, California State University, Stanislaus; and Victoria Lee, Ph.D. student in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at Harvard University and Research Analyst at the Urban Institute.

Invited participants and speakers to the 2:00 p.m. panel, “Mission-Driven Entrepreneurship in the 21st Century” include Rep. Frederica Wilson; Angela Yee, host of “The Breakfast Club” and owner of Drink Fresh Juice; Keenan Beasley, Founder and President, Venture Noire; James Chapman, CEO, Plain Sight; and Brittany A. Rhodes, Founder and General MATHager of Black Girl MATHgic.

Registration for the virtual summit is free and open to the public. Visit: to register and learn more.

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About the CBCF
The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF), established in 1976, is a non-partisan, nonprofit, public policy, research and educational institute, committed to advancing the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public.


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