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Austin, TX – The Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce will have the 5th Annual Business of Black Education formerly known as the State of Black Education on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at AISD Performing Arts Center – Black Box Theater. As a leader for Black business growth in the Greater Austin region, we are excited to engage our community on education from a business perspective.

“We’re excited to embrace a new perspective for this event. In the years prior, we addressed the importance of education, the degrees of investing in our future, and the social and economic factors that influence Black education. However, it is just as important to explore black education as a means of conducting business and shaping black minds in the process”, says Tam Hawkins, President & CEO, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce. We are honored to have Dr. Leonard Moore as the keynote speaker to explore this topic.

Dr. Leonard N. Moore, Ph.D. is currently the Interim Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement and the George Littlefield Professor of American History at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio, earning his B.A. from Jackson State University in 1993 and his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in 1998. He has been at The University of Texas at Austin since 2007. He currently teaches more than 1,000 students in courses on the black power movement and a signature course titled Race in the Age of Trump. In the fall semester he teaches more than 1,000 students across both courses.

He has received a number of teaching awards including the Jean Holloway Award for Excellence in Teaching and the John Warfield Teaching Award. Dr. Moore directs study abroad programs in Beijing and Cape Town, these programs have become national models for diversifying global education. He is the author of two books on black politics and his third book will be published in early 2018.

We anticipate the evening to be a memorable one. Along with Dr. Moore’s thought-provoking keynote address, the first annual GABC Collegiate: Pitch STEM Competition will showcase young and innovative collegiate minds representing Black academics across Central Austin.