Next Thursday June 28, Texas Forums and the Carver Library (along with a long list of partners noted below) will host a Tavis Smiley Presidential Forum Watch party at the LBJ Library (map to LBJ Library) and the Carver Library (map to Carver Library).
The first forum with the Democrats will take place on June 28 from 7-9:30 (although we are encouraging people to come at 6:30 to network). During the first hour, we will hold a public discussion about the issues raised by Tavis Smiley’s Covenant with Black America, then from 8-9:30 we will watch the televised presidential forum. The details are in this flyer that you can download and forward to your network!
Moderated by Tavis Smiley the candidates will address issues of special concern to African-Americans as well as domestic issues that affect all Americans. The 10 issues (with links to more information from Covenant) are: Health Care and Well-being, Education, Criminal Justice, Police Accountability, Affordable Neighborhoods, Voting, Rural Development, Economic Prosperity, Environmental Justice, Digital Divide.
Post your questions for the candidates at the Tavis Smiley website
The “All-American Presidential Forums” on PBS marks the first time that a panel exclusively comprised of color and broadcast from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in primetime.
Quote from Tavis Smiley:
We are encouraged by the enthusiasm of all parties for the historic event. From the title to the format, the ‘All-American Presidential Forums’ was created to provide fresh perspectives and an unprecedented level of inclusion for all Americans in general, and people of color in particular, in these critical discussions about our country’s future.”
Immediate public feedback on the performance of the candidates will be conducted by noted pollster Frank Luntz, who will also appear on “Tavis Smiley” on PBS the following evening to discuss his findings. This program and the PBS Democratic Forum will be available for download and viewing on the Tavis Smiley web site. Visitors will be able to submit their own questions for the candidates, read commentary and share their own opinions.
If you can’t make it to the LBJ Library or the Carver Branch, watch from home and then tune in to this blog to add your comments.
The Planning Partners for our events in Austin are:
- Austin Public Library Carver Branch
- George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center
- Austin Area Urban League
- World Preparatory
- University of Texas Center for African and African-American Studies
- ProArts Collective
- Austin Community College Center for Public Policy and Political Studies