Center for American Progress Action

: The Candidates and the Covenant with Black America: A Moderated Discussion with Tavis Smiley
Past Event


The Candidates and the Covenant with Black America: A Moderated Discussion with Tavis Smiley


10:00 - 11:00 AM EDT

On Thursday, June 28, Tavis Smiley will moderate the All-American Presidential Forum on PBS at Howard University, where the Democratic presidential candidates will address the issues of concern to Black America. This marks the first prime-time presidential candidates’ forum comprised exclusively by journalists of color. The next day, the Center for American Progress Action Fund will host a moderated discussion with Tavis Smiley and give him an opportunity to reflect on the critical issues raised at the previous night’s forum. As the author of The New York Times best-seller, The Covenant with Black America, as well as THE COVENANT In Action, Mr. Smiley will also discuss the ideas put forward in his books, the candidates’ proposals, and the pressing issues before the nation, including health care and well- being, education, economic prosperity, and environmental justice.

The event will begin with welcome and opening remarks from Melody Barnes, Executive Vice President for Policy at CAPAF, followed by questions from the audience.