David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans (the Initiative), will keynote the fourth annual Los Angeles Unified School District African American Family Day celebration on Saturday, Oct. 29. He will highlight the important role that African-American families and communities play in supporting the learning and development of African-American children. In addition, Johns will reflect upon lessons learned from the Initiative's African American Education Summits. During the celebration, Johns will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award from the school district.
The school district's African American Family Day celebration brings together many members of the community—including families, students, educators, and local leaders –to recognize the importance of community and family engagement along with solutions that will help close the achievement gap for students of color.