Behind the Headlines

A Discussion of Race and Recession in Metro Washington


Please join The Washington Post for an informative panel discussion, "Behind the Headlines: A Discussion on Race and the Recession in Metro Washington." The panel will cover the recession's impact on local black families and will look at how economic policies in Washington have affected African Americans. The forum will also look at the first of three groundbreaking public opinion polls on issues facing the black community, conducted by The Washington Post, the Kaiser Family Foundation and Harvard University.

Washington Post nationally syndicated personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary will moderate the discussion, and panelists will include Julianne Malveaux, a noted economist and educator; Jared Bernstein, chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Biden; Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus; Michael A. Fletcher, a Washington Post national economics reporter; the Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network; Jeff Johnson, a political commentator on the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show"; and Sophia Nelson, a political commentator for Jet magazine and MSNBC.

Full coverage: Race and the recession


Date: Wednesday, Feb. 23
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Location: The Rennie Forum, Prince George's Community College
301 Largo Rd., Upper Marlboro, MD 20774
Admission: FREE (Registation is now closed. We have reached capacity, but you can watch live video of the event using the link below.)

WATCH: Live video of the panel discussion

Free parking will be available and light refreshments will be served.

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Michelle Singletary, Moderator

Michelle Singletary of The Washington Post is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist.

Jared Bernstein

Jared Bernstein is the chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Biden and is the executive director of the Middle Class Task Force created by President Obama.

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) is chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus. Cleaver was the first black mayor of Kansas City.

Michael A. Fletcher

Michael A. Fletcher covers the national economy for The Washington Post, where he writes about the impact of the recession and broad trends such as flattening wages and the increase in job insecurity.

Jeff Johnson

Jeff Johnson is a political commentator on the nationally syndicated "Tom Joyner Morning Show."

Julianne Malveaux

Julianne Malveaux is the 15th president of Bennett College for Women. She is also an economist, author and commentator.

Sophia Nelson

Sophia Nelson is a featured political columnist with Jet magazine. She has also contributed to The Washington Post, and MSNBC.

The Rev. Al Sharpton

The Rev. Al Sharpton is president of the National Action Network.


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