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Modern Marchers: Lessons From The Front Lines of Social Change

Fifty years ago, at the historic March on Washington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and proclaimed that he was there to "cash a check for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." Join us on September 12th to engage with social activists who are taking lessons from the past while expanding ideas about justice, inclusion and opportunity to impact the 21st century.

Thursday, September 12, 2013  - 7:00-8:30pm

                    The Cecil B. Day Chapel of The Carter Center                         453 Freedom Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30307

Complimentary Registration Now Open!

Registration is complimentary, but required.  Please register above. Seating is based on time of arrival and availability

For directions to the Carter Center, please click here.

Parking is complimentary.

Moderated by Michaela Pereira, CNN Anchor "New Day"

Michaela Pereira is the multiple award-winning news anchor for the CNN’s morning show “New Day” with Chris Cuomo and Kate Bolduan.

Prior to joining CNN in New York, Pereira was the co-host of “KTLA Morning News” in Los Angeles for nine years.  Prior to KTLA, Pereira was an anchor for the technology news program “TechLive” on TechTV in San Francisco, a guest host and internet correspondent for Buena Vista’s “Ebert & the Movies,” and a host for “Internet Tonight” on ZDTV.  Pereira made her television news debut in 1993 on Canada’s CHEK-TV in Victoria, B.C. Pereira has won multiple awards for her journalism, including nine Emmy Awards and three Radio & TV News Association Golden Mike awards, and two Mark Twain Awards during her career.

Beyond her broadcasting achievements, Pereira is active in several community organizations working with at-risk children and teens. She served as a member of the board of directors for the Long Beach Boys and Girls Club; an advisory board member of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), supporting children in foster care; and co-chair of the advisory board of Optimist Youth Home, providing services for troubled youth. Pereira is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Pereira is based in New York City.

Follow Michaela on Twitter: @MichaelaCNN

Minh Dang, Executive Director of Don't Sell Bodies, White House Champion of Change

Minh Dang is the Executive Director of Don’t Sell Bodies and a graduate student at UC Berkeley pursuing her Masters in Social Work. A 2011 recipient of the UC Berkeley Chancellor's Public Service Award, Dang advocates for the rights of vulnerable children and people worldwide. Her experience in fighting for justice includes community organizing, serving on non-profit boards, coordinating service-learning programs and facilitating peer support groups. She has traveled extensively telling her story of survival from child abuse and sex trafficking and is now a powerful force in the fight against modern-day slavery. Over the past eight years, Dang has achieved an extraordinary service record through direct service, advocacy, peer and student leadership development and community organizing. As an undergraduate she served as the Executive Director of REACH!, as staff of the public service center and as Program Coordinator of the campus Bonner Leaders Program.

Twitter:  @Minhspeakstruth  Twitter:  @Dontsellbodies

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/dontsellbodies 

Dr. Arthur Dunning, Professor University of Alabama

Dr. Arthur Dunning is a Professor and Senior Research Fellow in the Education Policy Center on the campus of The University of Alabama.  His work in the Policy Center includes service on state and national boards as well as teaching responsibilities in the Higher Education program.

Dr. Dunning has also served as advisor to The University of Alabama System Chancellor for strong linkages with emerging economies around the world, specifically India and Argentina.

He is well known for his work in international programs, economic development initiatives, and innovative research partnerships. He serves on the board of directors for the Latin American Association and has worked with the Carter Presidential Center and the United Nations in Vienna, Austria.  Dr. Dunning has lived and worked in roles related to higher education and non-profit activities in more than thirty countries, including Ghana, Tunisia, China, India, Thailand, and Brazil.

Dr. Dunning has served seven years in administrative and faculty positions on the Tuscaloosa campus before embarking on a 27-year career in higher education in the state of Georgia, including as Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia.  His responsibilities included institutional leadership for public service and outreach activities across the campus, around the state and internationally.  His work in Georgia focused strategically on developing democracies and emerging markets.

Dr. Dunning is an Alabama native who earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from The University of Alabama. 

Tara Roberts, Co-founder of girltank

Tara Roberts co-founded girltank, a social enterprise designed to connect, inspire and fund female social entrepreneurs and innovators from around the world. Previously, Roberts served as the Senior Editor for CosmoGirl magazine and the Lifestyle Editor for Ebony, Essence and Heart & Soul magazines. She published her own internationally distributed magazine, Fierce, which was nominated as best new independent magazine in 2003 by Utne magazine. And she has edited critically-acclaimed books for girls: Am I the last Virgin? Ten African American Reflections on Sex & Love and What Your Mama Never Told You: True Stories About Sex & Love. Roberts is also a cum laude graduate of Mount Holyoke College and a graduate of the Founder Institute.

Twitter:   @girltankorg 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/girltankorg

Michael Skolnik, President of GlobalGrind.com

Michael Skolnik is the Political Director to hip-hop pioneer, Russell Simmons and President of GlobalGrind.com, an online destination founded by Mr. Simmons and one of the most-read online portals for young people in America.  He is a leading influencer and activist against gun violence and is recognized nationally for his work around creating solutions. He is on the Board of Directors of the Trayvon Martin Foundation, established by the parents of Trayvon Martin.

In his role as Political Director, Skolnik oversees Mr. Simmons’ entire social justice and political activities.  GlobalGrind reaches over 4.5 million people a month, predominantly serving a multi-racial segment of the 18-34 population, covering entertainment and celebrity news, lifestyle content, fashion, style, music and politics.

Skolnik is active on the Leadership Council of Gen44, the Democratic Party’s group for young professionals, and was an official surrogate for the 2012 Obama campaign.

Prior to his work for Mr. Simmons, Skolnik spent over a decade as an award-winning film director and producer.  He is a graduate of the UCLA School of Film, Theater and Television.

Twitter:  @MichaelSkolnik  Twitter:  @globalgrind

Trayvon Martin Foundation: https://www.facebook.com/TheTrayvonMartinFoundation 

About CNN Dialogues

CNN DIALOGUES is a community forum that aims to highlight diverse ideas and perspectives on the most significant issues and events shaping our time. It is a place where we address shared challenges and concerns to foster a dialogue of learning, understanding and hope. Our mission is to come together to analyze and reflect on everything from the arts to the economy, from human rights to health and sexuality. The topics are limitless. We will explore how global events have local impact; and how having a dialogue that bridges our differences will help us collaborate to create solutions and opportunities for a shared future.

CNN DIALOGUES is a partnership between CNN, the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference of Emory University, and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. CNN Dialogues takes place in various venues around Atlanta, the capital of the South and a city of change. In addition to this event, one more dialogue is planned for 2013.

For more information contact the James Weldon Johnson Institute for the Study of Race and Difference: email jwji@emory.edu or call 404.727.2515.