For Black History Month, MESA is proud to present, "A Conversation with Thought Leader and Change maker LaTosha Brown!" Co-sponsoring this event is U-M Ross Buisness + Impact, Central Student Government, LSA-English Language and Literature, Michigan Law, Center For Engeneering Diversity and Outreach, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. This conversation will be moderated by Associate Professor from the Department of Theatre & Drama, School of Music, Theatre & Dance Dr. Antonio C. Cuyler (Kyler) (He). He will be joined by the following panelist (BSU Vice Speaker Cydney Gardner-Brown, Turn Turn Out President Josiah Walker, and Vice Provost for Equity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Office of the Provost Dr. Robert Sellers).
Ms. Brown is a 2020-2021 Hauser Leader at the Center for Public Leadership and a 2020-2021 American Democracy Fellow at Harvard’s Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History. Throughout the 2020 U.S. election, Ms. Brown led the We Got the Power bus tour across the U.S. South to register people to vote and galvanize Black voter participation. In a recent interview, Ms. Brown said “We wanted people, we wanted Black voters in particular, to feel a sense of their power and their agency, and in spite of all odds, what we could do in pushing this country forward.
Ms. Brown is also an award-winning thought leader, social strategist, philanthropic consultant, jazz singer, and catalyst for change. As co-founder of the Black Voters Matter Fund, Ms. Brown is dedicated to increasing the political power of Black people. She has more than twenty years of experience working in the non-profit and philanthropy sectors on issues related to political empowerment, social justice, economic development, leadership development, wealth creation and civil rights. A regular contributor to The New York Times and a fellow at the Institute of Politics at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, Ms. Brown is a recipient of the 2010 White House Champions of Change Award, 2006 Spirit of Democracy Award, and the Louis Burnham Award for Human Rights.
She will share thoughts on her lecture, “The Death of Democracy: Voter Suppression in the 21st Century,” and she will discuss how storytelling and strategic messaging can build political power. The role of women, young voters, and people of color in American politics will be a key area of discussion as it relates to civic engagement protests and student activism.