Spread the word! Our first annual Youth Summit is Saturday, Oct. 23

Youth Summit

October 8, 2021

Get into Good Trouble:
An Education & Civil Rights Youth Summit

Saturday, October 23, 2021
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. EST


Register now for the first annual Education and Civil Rights Youth Summit hosted by the Education & Civil Rights Initiative in collaboration with the NAACP.

The goal of the summit is to rise to the call of the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis to get into “good trouble” and to examine how Civil Rights issues impact today’s young people across the nation.

Designed for youth ages 14 through 24, as well as adult allies, this one-day virtual summit will offer a series of prominent keynote speakers as well as engaging, youth-led workshops featuring the following topics:

  • Civic Engagement & National Vote Early Day
  • Financial Literacy as a Civil Right
  • Economic Empowerment
  • How to be an Ally
  • Radical Self Care
  • Knowledge as Power

We believe that financial literacy is a civil right, as do our friends at WesBanco. Due to the generous sponsorship of WesBanco, registration for this year’s youth summit is provided free of charge.




Featured summit speakers include:

  • Dr. Ivory Toldson, NAACP Vice President of Education and Innovation Research & Professor at Howard University
  • Mr. P.G. Peeples, President and CEO of the Urban League of Lexington Fayette County, Ky.
  • Mr. W. Teddy McDaniel, President and CEO of the of the Central Carolinas Urban League
  • Dr. Adora Obi Nweze, Chair of the Education and Civil Rights Initiative Advisory Board
  • Mr. Wisdom Cole, NAACP National Director of Youth and College Division
  • Mr. Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP
  • Abdul Muhammad, Senior Vice President, Regional Sales Manager at WesBanco

The summit agenda will be made available to those registered soon! If you have questions or wish to sponsor the summit, please email CivilRightsInstitute@uky.edu.



Housed in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation, the Education and Civil Rights Initiative is a research collaboration with the NAACP, the nation’s largest and most preeminent civil rights organization. The focus of this collaboration is to ensure that every child in America experiences equitable access to education. Learn more about the initiative on our website.