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The Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Citizenship Education Fund to Host 47th Annual International Convention Promoting Urban Reconstruction, June 13-16th

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition (RPC), in conjunction with the Citizenship Education Fund, presents its 47th Annual International Convention, “Make America Fair and Equal: 2018 Global Agenda.”

“We are convening the family – the coalition of conscience – at a dangerous yet hopeful time for the country and the world,” says Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. “The most fundamental challenge and opportunity the Civil Rights Movement has is to regain the Congress in 2018. With four million Blacks in the South unregistered and two and a half million registered who didn’t vote, turning them around is key. All roads lead to November 6, 2018. We will leave the convention with a roadmap and action plan on how to get there.”

This year’s convention will feature attorney Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative—and founder of the national lynching memorial. Other speakers and performers include Rev. Al Sharpton, Danny Glover, BeBe Winans, Judge Greg Mathis, Clayola Brown, president of the A. Philip Randolph Institute, Rev. Charles Jenkins and opera singer Audrey DuBois Harris.

The Convention, to be held June 13-16th, primarily at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, will convene the most prominent leaders and voices across generations and oceans for meaningful discussion and to push forward a new global agenda that brings forth race, gender, socioeconomic equality and a plan to attract African American investors to Africa.


Wednesday, June 13

The convention offers meaningful and timely workshops like the Construction Summit being held from 8 a.m. to 12 noon, at the Comed Facility, 3535 S. Iron St., where supplier diversity will be discussed and those seeking to get into this multi-billion dollar industry can meet some of the construction giants. To attend this event, you must register online at: or on Eventbrite,

Topping off Wednesday’s events will be a gospel concert including a prayer service featuring Gospel greats, including Santita Jackson, Rev. Charles Jenkins, Audrey DuBois Harris and the incomparable BeBe Winans.

Thursday, June 14

Business Breakfast

8:30 – 10:15 AM

A business breakfast will be held with some of Chicago and national business leaders.

Global and Africa Diaspora Investment – 10 AM – 12 Noon

The forum on the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment will explain how Africa is on the rise and revealing the many investment opportunities available for African Americans seeking to expand their businesses abroad.

A 1,000 Church Connected Plenary – 10:30 AM – 12 Noon

Automotive Plenary
10:30 AM – 12 Noon

There will be an automotive plenary and discussion on how the industry is innovating in the 21st Century.

Millennial’s Future Leaders Event 10:30 AM – 12 Noon

This year we will have a special Millennial’s: Future Leaders event to discuss 50 years later and where do we go from here? Where do Millennial leaders stand in the age of turmoil?

Clergy Luncheon

12:30 – 2:00 PM

There will be a clergy luncheon where religious leaders will discuss how they can impact the 2018 political agenda.

Labor Dinner – 6:00 to 9:00 PM

From there will be a labor dinner and discussion on the role of unions in the fight for affordable healthcare and a livable wage.

Press Conference

11:30 – 11:45 AM

A convention press conference will be held on “Why We Need a 2018 Global Agenda” to “Make America Fair and Equal.”

Cyber Security – 2:45 – 3:35 PM

A plenary will be held on the Cyber Security business discussing diversity and how to strengthen cyber security and privacy in businesses.

PART ll, Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum

 3:00 – 5:00 PM

The second part of the Global and Africa Diaspora Investment Forum will be held focusing on business opportunities in Africa.

Sports Breakout

There will be a Sports Breakout session discussing “Wealth, Entrepreneurism and Activism in Sports” The Accounts of leading Black Sports Figures.”

An Innocence Network

 3:30 – 5:00 PM

An Innocence Network summit will focus on “Derailing the Prison Pipeline through the Innocence Project.”

Labor Achievement Dinner

 7:00 – 9:00 PM

The Labor Achievement dinner including a discussion on poverty, work, justice, big box schemes and temporary workers.

Push Millennial Council

9:00 – 11:00 PM

Opportunities for Millennial’s will be the focus of the PUSH Millennial Council, having a network discussion on opportunities for Millennial’s to network and socialize after the dinner.

Friday, June 15

A Healthcare Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 AM

A healthcare breakfast and discussion will be held on the ‘State of Healthcare in the U.S. and the World.’

Nelson Mandela Centenary Forum

From 10:00 AM to 12 Noon and from 2:15 PM to 3:15 PM, there will be a Nelson Mandela Centenary forum commemorating Mandela’s 100th birthday—a reflection of Madiba’s life and global legacy and influence.

Women’s International Luncheon 11:45 AM – 2:15 PM

Mrs. Jacqueline Jackson, who is the founder and Chairman of the International Rainbow PUSH Coalition Women’s Luncheon, has hosted this standing-room only networking event celebrating commonalities and women’s singleness of purpose. “Conscious women are one with god. GOD created life and assigned women to bring that life into this world.” – Mrs. Jacqueline L. Jackson.

For more than 25 years, women from all walks of life convene to discuss global issues that matter to them. Some of the issues include: poverty, hunger, homelessness, education, voting rights, human trafficking, child care, economic justice, violence, healthcare, affordable housing, prison industrial complex, and inclusion and diversity — and the Women’s agenda is the Human Rights agenda.

This year’s event will highlight the theme “Women Who Stand Up and Women Who Stand Up In Adverse Conditions” as the women’s business and leadership luncheon salutes the most influential women in business and the community across the globe. The Chicago and Gary Crusader Publisher, Dorothy R. Leavell joins Mrs. Jackson as her co-chair this year in presenting the luncheon.

Millennials Meet

A Millennial session will be held from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM discussing Black Millennials tech/entrepreneur meet up.


The PUSH Excel demonstration and Robotics competition will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

Oratorical Competition

The PUSH Excel National oratorical competition will be held from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, where students will compete in an intellectual and inspirational speech an oratorical contest.

Business Breakout Session

2:15 – 3:15 PM

A business breakout session will be held to examine why diversity matters in solving explicit and unconscious biases.

Educational Breakout Session 2:15 – 3:15 PM

An educational breakout session with a conversation on “Educational Reform: Revamping Teacher Pay Structures and Curriculum for the Next Era of Talent.”

HBCU Summit

A HBCU summit will be held from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM and 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM where participants will discuss sustainability and meet with HBCU presidents and administrators.

The Business of Sports

A sports plenary will be held from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM discussing finance entrepreneurism and activism in sports.

Getting Elected

A discussion will be held from 5:15 PM to 6:00 PM on mid-term elections discussing the importance of the mid-term elections and what you need to know about running for office and getting elected.

The Business of Music

An independent music seminar will be held from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM.

The Education Sports Gala

The PUSH Excel & Education Sports Gala and dinner will be held from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM, and a sports gala after glow party will be held from 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM.

Saturday, June 16

RPC Breakfast and Rally

 8:00 – 9:45 AM.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition National Headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., is the venue for Breakfast and rally.

Live Broadcast 

10:00 – 11:30 AM

The RPC live broadcast featuring the extraordinary Bryan Stevenson, musical selections and a discussion of the 2018 Global Agenda

 Millennial Election Training Session:

A Millennial election training on voting, and a forum on Global Politics for Students & Young Adults (GO-TV Project) will be held ending with an outdoor (50th & Drexel) RPC Love Fest and Family Reunion concert, as well as a voter registration drive from 1:00 PM to 5 PM. Featuring Marshall Thompson and the Chi-Lites and others.

Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a multi-racial, multi-issue, progressive, international organization that was formed in December 1996 by the Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. through merging of two organizations he founded Operation PUSH People United to Serve Humanity (estab. 1971) and the Rainbow Coalition (estab. 1984). With headquarters in Chicago and offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and Oakland, the organization works to make the American Dream a reality for all citizens while advocating for peace and justice around the world.


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