U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to Speak at National Urban League Conference

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will participate in the 2015 National Urban League Annual Conference (NUL) on Thursday, July 30, at 8:15 a.m. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Duncan will engage in a conversation with Marc Morial, president and chief executive officer of NUL, focused on ensuring all of America’s students, regardless of background or circumstances, have access to a high quality education. He will also discuss the national educational landscape, including the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

David Johns, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans, will also participate in NUL’s national conference. On Friday, July 31, he will serve as a panelist during a special town hall titled, “Saving Our Sons and Daughters: All Lives Matter.” The panel will focus on strategies to accelerate educational opportunities for African-American youth.

On Saturday morning, August 1, Johns will deliver the keynote address at the Youth Leadership Summit awards breakfast. During the summit titled, “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs, & Justice,” Johns will highlight the role caring adults have played in supporting the learning and development of African-American students. This event is a follow up to Johns’ participation in the “Save Our Cities” broadcast series released earlier this year highlighting the importance of educational equity.