Millennial Think Tank to Discuss Generational Differences, Political Polarization, Criminal Justice and Faith at Upcoming Festival
T.D. Jakes’ Conversations with America 2017 Survey to Guide Panel Dialogue
As part of MegaFest 2017, Parlay, a national urban think tank, will host Parlay: LIVE, a panel discussion on the differing viewpoints among generations on civic issues, including economic opportunity, criminal justice, faith and political polarization. The discussion will feature perspectives from Millennial and Gen-X influencers on how to effectively bridge the gap between civic engagement and the mainstay of the African American community: the Church.
The panel will feature David Johns, Former. Executive Director, White House Initiative on African American Education, Brittany Packnett, VP, Team for America, Former. Obama Appointee (Ferguson Commission) & 2017 Essence Woke 100, Rev. Dr. Charles Dorsey Pastor & Prolific Preacher, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church and Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer Erica Campbell!
Parlay founder and CEO Kenya T. Parham will facilitate the discussion and share findings from a study completed by Parlay on educational advancement, criminal justice, voting rights and healthcare, as well as Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Conversations with America 2017, an annual survey that gauges Americans’ thoughts, concerns and views on today’s most pressing social and economic issues.
Bishop Jakes and other presenters will address these and other topics at MegaFest, a four-day family festival to be held in Dallas June 28 – July 1 that is expected to draw 100,000 participants.
“We are honored to partner with Bishop Jakes and MegaFest in our effort to spark a movement of progress by means of education, civic participation, ingenuity and cooperative economics, and we are thrilled to bring our movement to one of the nation’s largest gatherings of believers and doers,” said Parham. “Results from Conversation with America and Parlay’s study reveal varying degrees of optimism among generations about the future of our country. Our panel will discuss how innovators and cultural influencers across generations have fostered successful community and civic engagement.”