First Annual REACH Summit, April 25, 2009

Sponsored by Drexel University’s Africana Studies Program and Multicultural Collaborative, a free symposium was held on the April 25, 2009.  This first summit took place on Drexel’s main campus in the Creese Student Center.  With close to 100 people in attendance, the symposium explored grassroots activism and considered the ways that it has changed in the 21st Century. Specifically, featured black bloggers, community leaders, and student leaders—all of whom offered diverse perspectives on the future of activism. Watch the panel discussion of activism in the 21st century!

Click here to watch the panel discussion from last year's REACH Summit.


Drexel University Creese Student Center -  Behrakis Hall

33rd and Chestnut Streets

April 25, 2009

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Opening Remarks and Panel
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Social Justice in the 21st Century: Virtual Streets, Community Activism, and
the Ongoing Struggle for Freedom


Wayne Bennett, Founder, Field Negro Blog

Nicole Childers, former Executive Producer, NPR’s News & Notes

Solomon Chijioke, Publicity Secretary and Webmaster,
Drexel African Students Association

Charlene Desanges, Civic Engagement Co-Chair, Sisterhood at Bryn Mawr College

Arlene Fenton, Founder, Black Women Vote Blog

Shayna Israel, Site Coordinator of the Youth Empowerment Initiative,
West Philadelphia Alliance for Children

Curtis Jones Jr., Philadelphia Councilman, Fourth District

Jessica Reed, Fundraising Chair, Temple University Progressive NAACP Chapter

Paul Wiggins, President, Swarthmore African American Student Society

Concluding Remarks

Mix and Mingle
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm