UNCG’s 23rd Annual Conference on African American Culture and Experience (CACE), slated to take place Oct. 3-4, will focus on the theme “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom: Fifty Years Later.”

Hosted by UNCG’s African American Studies Program, the annual conference will explore the status of the goals laid out during the historic march, covering issues from education and jobs to LGBTQ and voting rights. The programs are free and open to the public.

Among the key presenters will be Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe, a visiting professor of African and African American studies and research director for the Research Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality at Duke University. Sharpe also is director of the Global Inequality Research Initiative (GIRI), which researches inequality in the areas of wealth, employment, education, political participation, and health and well-being. She was previously a research fellow at the Institute of African American Research and the Department of Economics at UNC-Chapel Hill and an instructor at Columbia University.

The conference will kick off with “Literary Café: Poetic Expressions” at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, with a program featuring Greensboro poets in the Maple Room of Elliott University Center.

Events will continue at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 4, with a panel discussion titled “Jobs and Education,” in which panelists will address inequalities in those two arenas. At 1:30 p.m. a second panel will follow, titled “Justice for All?” It will address inequalities in America 50 years after the March on Washington. Panelists not only will identify disparities, but will offer ways to address them. Both panels will take place in EUC’s Cone Ballroom.

Other presenters include Mandy Carter, a southern African-American lesbian and social justice activist, and Shelly Brown-Jeffy, a professor of sociology at UNCG whose research examines the differences in educational outcomes among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

CACE examines critical and timely African American-related issues and perspectives to engage UNCG students, faculty, staff and members of the community in the exploration and discussion of these topics and ideas.

Visit www.uncg.edu/afs/cace to register and see full details, or call (336) 334-5507.

Story by Betsi Robinson