Announcing Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide

March 17, 2015

Contact: Kiahna Cassell
The Aspen Institute

Announcing Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide
Aspen Institute to host public dialogue open to press 

What: The Aspen Institute will convene a morning of discussions among St. Louis community activists and leaders entitled, Community Dialogue on Healing the Racial Divide. The Dialogue, created with the aid of Teach for America, St. Louis, is intended to bring together leaders from the fields of education, journalism, law enforcement, business and community organizing—groups that rarely have opportunities for collaborative dialogue—to have a candid exchange aimed at addressing the racial divide in St. Louis. Public discussions will focus on Black Youth and the Police, Media and Reporting on Ferguson, and Education.

More information and a live-stream of key sessions will be available at:

Who: Keynote remarks delivered by Anthony Foxx, US Secretary of Transportation  

Other speakers include:

  • Kelvin Adams, Superintendent of Schools, St. Louis Public School District
  • Tiffany Anderson, Superintendent of Schools, Jennings School District
  • Gilbert Bailon, Editor, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
  • Valerie Bell, Chair, St. Louis Public Schools Foundation
  • Johnetta Elzie, Field Organizer, Amnesty International
  • Walter Isaacson, CEO, The Aspen Institute
  • Daniel Isom, Director, Missouri Public Safety and Former Chief of Police, St. Louis, Missouri
  • Clifton Kinnie, Student Activist
  • Suzanne Malveaux, National Correspondent, CNN 
  • Michel Martin, Host, NPR
  • Don Marsh, Host, St. Louis Public Radio
  • DeRay Mckesson, Community Activist
  • Jim Shelton, Former Deputy Secretary, US Department of Education

When: March 24, 2015 at 8:30AM – 1:00PM CT

Where: Renaissance St. Louis Grand Hotel – Marriott,
800 Washington Ave., St. Louis, MO 63101

Editor’s Note: Press and public can register at 

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