UofM College of Education Will Co-Sponsor Multicultural Education Conference

November 15, 2018 - The University of Memphis College of Education will cosponsor the National Association for Multicultural Education's (NAME) 28th international conference at The Peabody Nov. 27-30. The conference, which attracts nearly 1,000 educators from across the U.S. and around the world, will take place in Memphis to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This year's theme is "How Many More 'til We Rise Up? Multicultural Education, a Radical Response of Love, Life and Dr. King's Dream." During the conference, featured speaker Donzaleigh Abernathy, daughter of civil rights leader Rev. Ralph Abernathy, will lead a public march Nov. 27 at 6:15 p.m. from the historic Peabody to the National Civil Rights Museum.

Other keynote speakers include:

• Maureen Costello, director of Teaching Tolerance and member of the Southern Poverty Law Center's leadership team;
• Beverly Daniel Tatum, president of Spelman College;
• Patrick Camangian, associate professor of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco; and
• Sharon W. Griffin, assistant commissioner for the Tennessee Department of Education's Office of School Turnaround and chief of 
  the Achievement School District.

Dr. Kandi Hill-Clarke, dean of UofM College of Education, and Dr. Brian Wright will both present during the conference.

Attendees will have the opportunity to tour Memphis-area schools and can choose to participate in more than 300 breakout sessions, including sessions on the #MeToo movement. During the conference, researchers and practitioners will share the latest innovations geared to improve education from preschool through college.

A Nov. 29 banquet will include awards honoring the best work internationally in multicultural education. James A. Banks will be honored with a NAME Lifetime Achievement Award at the banquet event. Tennessee Technological University and the Tennessee NAME chapter are also co-sponsors of the international NAME conference.

NAME is a nonprofit organization founded in 1990 by Dr. Rose Duhon-Sells to advance and advocate for equity and social justice through multicultural education. NAME reframes public debate in ways that advances social, political, economic and educational equity through advocacy, position papers, policy statements and other strategies.