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Conference Shines Spotlight on Race and Opportunity in Multiple Mackinac Sessions; Stephen Henderson to Moderate Detroit Panel

With the ongoing national dialogue focused on race and economic opportunity, the Mackinac Policy Conference will challenge Michigan’s leaders to proactively engage in the conversation and focus on lessons for cities across the state. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in three related sessions, including a Friday morning panel titled “Race, Opportunity and the Art of Cohesion.”

The panel will draw on the possible parallels between Detroit and recent tragedies in Baltimore, Md. and Ferguson, Miss. and what can be done locally to prevent similar situations from occurring. Moderated by Stephen Henderson, editorial page editor of the Detroit Free Press, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Detroit bankruptcy, the panel includes:

  • U. Renee Hall, Deputy Police Chief, Detroit Police Department
  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Andre Spivey, Council Member, Detroit City Council
  • Frank Venegas Jr., Chairman and CEO, The Ideal Group Inc.

In addition to the Friday session, attendees can take part in a Thursday lunch session hosted by the Kellogg Foundation focused on race, health, education and culture with Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Eugene Robinson of The Washington Post.

Later Thursday evening, attendees can provide their perspective via a town hall session hosted by Bank of America and led by WDIV’s Devin Scillian and The Detroit News’ Nolan Finley.