Our Parent Symposium promises to yield personal experiences for our attendees that will not only transform their lives but our hope is that it will impact generations to come! Please, mark your calendars   invite others to join you in Gadsden, Alabama on Saturday, August 12th, 2023 from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm!

Year of Evidence…

This year’s theme, Year of Evidence, challenges attendees to not only gain information but act and advocate on what they know to be necessary on behalf of children and families. We hope that attendees will use daily moments, resources and relationships to engage, build and create the opportunity to see academic, social and emotional growth amongst our greatest asset, our children.

Facilitator Spotlight

Ed Farm

College PrepU

Pastor Darryl Roberts

Lashundra Richmond

Your Symposium Experience

Concurrent Sessions

Choose from an exhilarating lineup of breakout sessions designed to help you prepare for a successful academic school year.

Conference Networking

There’ll be plenty of opportunities to mingle with other attendees and forge new connections.

Book signing with Our Keynote Speaker Roland Martin

Roland Martin, award-winning journalist and host of the nationally syndicated radio show Roland Martin Unfiltered, will be signing copies of his books. Martin is a former host of CNN’s NewsOne Now and the founder of the Black Star Network. He is also the author of several books, including The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House and Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America. Martin is a leading voice in the Black community, and his new book “White Fear” is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the current political and social climate in America. The book signing will be a great opportunity to meet Martin and get your copy of his important new book.

Please join us for this special event!

Roland Martin Biography

Over the course of a journalistic career that has seen him interview multiple U.S. presidents to the top athletes and entertainers in Hollywood, Roland S. Martin is a journalist who has always maintained a clear sense of his calling in this world. Many have bestowed upon him the moniker, “The Voice Of Black America.”

Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective. It launched on Sept. 4, 2018.

On Sept. 4, 2021, Martin launched the Black Star Network, an OTT network that features a variety of shows focused on news, culture, finance, wellness, history and wellness. BSN is available on Apple and Android phones; Apple and Android TV; Roku; Amazon Fire, XBox One and Samsung TV.

For the last two years, Martin produces a twice daily commentary on iHeartRadio’s Black Information Network, heard on nearly 40 stations nationwide.

Martin is the author of four books. His latest is “White Fear: How The Browning of America Is Making White Folks Lose Their Minds.” His other books are: Listening to the Spirit Within: 50 Perspectives on Faith; Speak, Brother! A Black Man’s View of America; and The First: President Barack Obama’s Road to the White House as originally reported by Roland S. Martin.

He has contributed to several others, including Paradox of Loyalty: An African American Response to the War on Terrorism by Julianne Malveaux; Black Woman Redefined: Dispelling Myths and Discovering Fulfillment in the Age of Michelle Obama by Sophia Nelson; Faivish Pewzner New York and Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge by Etan Thomas and Nick Chiles.

Martin is a sought after international speaker, delivering speeches and lectures to numerous groups annually, electrifying audiences with his deep understanding of history, politics and culture.

He has been named four times by Ebony Magazine as one of the 150 Most Influential African Americans in the United States.

When Jet Magazine readers voted in 2012 for who is “King of the Hill” in terms of who they turn to on issues of concern to African Americans, Martin came on top, ahead of the likes of the Rev. Al Sharpton and Donna Brazile. NewsOne.com named as the number one Black pundit in the country; and he has been named several times to The Root 100, their annual list of influential African Americans.

In October 2022, Martin was named a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists, the organization’s highest honor. In December 2021, he was inducted as the youngest living member of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall Of Fame. In 2008, he was also inducted into the Texas A&M University Journalism Hall of Honor.

In his career, Martin has been showered with more than 40 awards for journalistic excellence, including being named the Journalist of the Year in 2013 by the National Association of Black Journalists for his extensive focus on voter suppression and other issues of concern to African Americans during the 2012 election.

Martin was also awarded the 2008 President’s Award by the National Association of Black Journalists for his work in multiple media platforms.

He is a four-time NAACP Image Award winner, including named Best Host for the last two years.

Martin spent six years as a contributor for CNN, appearing on numerous shows and earning accolades near and far for his no-holds honesty, conviction and perspective on various issues. In 2009, CNN was awarded the Peabody Award for its outstanding 2008 election coverage, of which Martin was a member of the Best Political Team on Television.

From 2008 to 2019, Martin was a senior analyst for the Tom Joyner Morning Show, where his daily segment was heard on more than 100 stations and 8 million people daily.

Martin has been named one of the top 50 political pundits by the Daily Telegraph in the United Kingdom, and has appeared numerous times on a variety of American networks, as well as media outlets in Canada, Columbia, Italy, Australia and South Africa.

From October 2005 to October 2008, he served as a radio talk show for WVON-AM in Chicago, first as mid-day host and later as morning drive host.

He is the former executive editor/general manager of the Chicago Defender, the nation’s most historic Black newspaper. A digital media pioneer, Martin launched the first Black news source audio and video podcast in 2005 and 2006 at the Defender.

He is the former founding news editor for Savoy Magazine under the team of New York-based Vanguarde Media, and the former founding editor of BlackAmericaWeb.com.

He previously served as owner/publisher of Dallas-Fort Worth Heritage, a Christian monthly newspaper. He also has worked as managing editor of the Houston Defender and the Dallas Weekly, which he led to a number of local, state and national journalism awards.

Martin has worked as morning drive reporter for KRLD/1080 AM; news director and morning anchor at KKDA-AM in Dallas; city hall reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram; and county government and neighbors reporter for the Austin American-Statesman. He has also written pieces for Ebony and Essence magazines.

Mr. Martin is a life member of the National Association of Black Journalists; a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc..; and a member of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

He is a board member of the education reform group, 50Can.

Martin a 1987 graduate of Jack Yates High School-Magnet School of Communications, and a 1991 graduate of Texas A&M University, where he earned a bachelor’s of science degree in journalism.

He has been awarded honorary degrees from Florida Memorial University; University of Maryland-University College; Lemoyne-Owen College; Lane College; and South Carolina State University.

He is married to the Rev. Jacquie Hood Martin, author of “Fulfilled! The Art and Joy of Balanced Living,” and “Wedded Bliss: A 52-Week Devotional to Balanced Living” and the children’s book series, “Hannah’s Heart.”

They reside in northern Virginia and the Dallas area.

Event Location

201 George Wallace Dr
Gadsden, AL 35903

The Parent Symposium will be held at The Venue at Coosa Landing in Gadsden, Alabama.

Hotel Accommodations

To book rooms at our location: You may call the 800-426-7866 or 256-546-2337 number. Simply let the agent know the dates of your arrival and city.

About this Hotel

Off Interstate 759, this straightforward hotel is 2 miles from the Imagination Place art museum, which is located in the Mary G. Hardin Center for Cultural Arts in historic Downtown.

The rooms have free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs with HD channels, work desks, laptop desks and coffeemakers; some also have pull-out sofas, minifridges and microwaves.

Freebies include hot breakfast (on-site) and weekday breakfast bags to go, and parking. Other amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Check-in time: 3:00 PM

Check-out time: 11:00 AM

Address & contact information

129 River Rd, Gadsden, AL 35901

(256) 546-2337

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