Our convening brings us to Michigan; a state ripe with history and current day realities that serve as great context for our convening. As part of the Great Migration, many of our families travelled “up-south” to Detroit for the promise of a better future. Black Americans found good jobs and a good way of life; away from the oppression of the hyper-racist south. People found freedom in Detroit and enjoyed the cultural strengths and assets of this city that would birth a global soundtrack that inspires people from all walks of life. One hour north of Detroit lies Flint Michigan; another city with important history related to Black political and economic leadership as well as advocacy and resistance. Flint’s early Black entrepreneurs were community leaders who fought for change. This city also is credited for the early start of organized labor: during the Sit-Down Strike of 1936–1937, the United Automobile Workers succeeded over General Motors, inaugurating the era of labor unions.
Today, these two majority-Black cities reflect the strengths and challenges we find in many of our communities across the country. Reserved for the “mainstage” at our 2019 Conference will be in-depth discussions on inclusive revitalization, environmental justice and how philanthropy is, or should be, stepping up to support Black progress. We will also reserve plenary space to continue our conversations on building Black political power as the country gears up for the 2020 Presidential, state and local elections.
During our time together, we will recognize and honor leadership in the field through our James Joseph Lecture and Awards Program. As the largest convening of Black professionals in organized philanthropy we invite you to join us.
• Civic Engagement & Political Power• Community Organizing & People Power • Policy Advocacy & Systems Reform• Economic Development & Economic power• Research & Intellectual Power• Communications Narrative & Social Power• Leadership Development & Strategic Convenings
In the call process, we want to identify what is working and what shows promise for Black social change. We will encourage idea submitters to share products programs, services & research that advances successful outcomes for Black people, Black households & Black communities. Ideas are welcome from:
• Individual or institutional philanthropy;• Philanthropic networks;• Public-private partnerships; and • Grassroots Leaders powering their community change.
The voices of youth/next generation leaders is also desired.
THE PROCESS We greatly appreciate your investment of time in submitting a proposal (or two). Unfortunately, we will have limited time and space, and won’t be able to accommodate all of the submissions. We will select sessions that best fit our vision for the conference.
If selected, ABFE will work with the session curators to create an ideal session for 2019!
• You’ll be responsible for covering your travel costs. Very limited resources are available for speakers that might have limited travel budget.• Session times, titles & descriptions may need to be modified to accommodate timing & placement in the agenda.• There might be opportunities to collaborate with another colleague, with a similar submission topic. We ask that you are amenable to collaborative opportunities, should we decide to accept & merge similar concepts.
Deadline: Submit your proposal by FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2019. ABFE will contact you within two weeks of closing date whether or not your proposal has been selected.