New Coalition Launches Booker T. Washington Celebration Web Site

April 02, 2006
Lee H. Walker

(Chicago, Illinois - March 30, 2006) On Thursday, The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change announced the launch of its official Booker T. Washington Celebration Web site.

"This Web site will allow everyone interested in celebrating the life and message of Booker T. Washington, in the city of Chicago and across the nation, to access a complete guide to our symposium," commented Lee Walker, president of The New Coalition.

The new Web site's URL is http://www.newcoalition.org/BTW2006/welcome.cfm. The site also can be found linked on The New Coalition's home page, http://www.newcoalition.org.

The celebration marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Booker T. Washington. The event will take place June 4-6, 2006 at various locations throughout the City of Chicago.

The new Web site includes biographies of the 17 academics and community leaders currently scheduled to participate in panel discussions on Monday, June 5 and Tuesday, June 6. The panel discussions will be held at the Thorne Auditorium on Northwestern University's downtown Chicago campus and will include:

  • William Allen, Professor of Political Science, Michigan State University
  • Mark Bauerlein, Professor of English, Emory University
  • John Sibley Butler, Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business, University of Texas at Austin
  • Charles A. Horne, President, Pacific Northwest Chapter, National Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Glenn Loury, Merton P. Stoltz Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University
  • Gary MacDougal, Author, Make a Difference
  • Steve Mariotti, Founder and President, National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship
  • Robert Norrell, Professor of History, University of Tennessee
  • Marcus Pohlmann, Professor and Chair of Political Science, Rhodes College
  • Christopher Reed, Professor of History, Roosevelt University
  • Peter Schramm, Executive Director, John M. Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
  • Daryl Scott, Professor and Chair, History Department, Howard University
  • Carol Swain, Professor of Political Science and Professor of Law, Vanderbilt University
  • Lee Walker, President, The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change
  • Daryl Williams, Director of Minority Entrepreneurship Programs, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
  • Frank Harold Wilson, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee
  • Anne Wortham, Associate Professor of Sociology, Illinois State University

The Booker T. Washington Web site also provides information about paid meal events at great Chicago locations, featuring keynote addresses from prominent speakers. The opening dinner, on Sunday, June 4, will take place at the Chicago Athletic Club, as will breakfasts on Monday and Tuesday morning. Lunches will take place at the Union League Club (Monday) and Metropolitan Club (Tuesday), while dinners will be hosted by the DuSable Museum of African American History on Monday night and on the Spirit of Chicago cruising Lake Michigan on Tuesday.

The New Coalition for Economic and Social Change is a national nonprofit organization based in Chicago devoted to advancing conservative multiculturalism, a way of looking at the social order that leads to conservative or libertarian conclusions, but that is filtered and changed by experiences both historic and personal that are not shared by whites.


For more information about the Booker T. Washington celebration or The New Coalition, please contact Lee Walker, president of The New Coalition, at 312/377-4000 or by email, lwalker@newcoalition.org.