Hampton University hosts conference discussing and exploring the Black family.

National leaders from media, entertainment, politics and education will convene on Hampton University’s campus for the annual Conference on the Black Family, March 19 to March 21. Black Entertainment Television (BET) co-founder Shelia Johnson, CEO, Salamander Resorts will deliver the opening keynote and other featured guests and speakers include Michelle Miller, Correspondent, CBS News; Marc Morial, President, National Urban League; Byron Pitts, Chief National Correspondent, ABC News; Chris Broussard, NBA Analyst, ESPN; producers of the television reality show, "Preachers of L.A."; Michael V. Roberts, media entrepreneur; and some of HU’s own outstanding faculty, including Professor April Woodard, former correspondent at “Inside Edition” and BET. 

The three-day conference, titled “Essentially Black: Media and the Modern American Family,” and coordinated by HU Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications, will explore how the modern American family is being impacted by the convergence of race and ethnicity, nontraditional relationships, and media-coverage across multiple platforms. Topics explored will also include crime and gun violence, and health & wellness.

“We are bringing prominent leaders and media personalities together to focus on some of the most provocative and vexing issues facing families today,” said Brett Pulley, dean of the Scripps Howard School. “The face of the modern American family is changing, and with the voices we’re bringing to campus to discuss this evolution, it will be an exciting gathering. Add in the live entertainment, and this year’s conference has a lot to offer everyone.”