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The American Democracy Project at RIC is launching a series on health care policy and, for their first forum, they have been able to assemble some of the chief architects of health care reform in the country.

African Americans and Politics: Challenges and Opportunities


Wednesday, April 1
2 - 4 p.m.
Alger Hall 110

Keynote: Kendra King Momon, author of “African American Politics” and media commentator. Momon is associate professor of politics at Oglethorpe University and director of the Rich Foundation Urban Program in Atlanta, Ga.



Six of the state’s leading figures in the African American community will hold a panel discussion moderated by former R.I. State Representative and Deputy Secretary of State Ray Rickman. The panel consists of:

  • Travis Escobar, community engagement coordinator for Olneyville Housing Corporation and cofounder of Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island;
  • Armeather Gibbs, managing director of Urban Finance and Business Development at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation and Diversity Implementation Team Coordinator for the Rhode Island Department of Administration;
  • Ray Hull, R.I. state representative and sergeant of the Providence Police Department;
  • Donald King, vice president of Fete Music and founder of the former Providence Black Repertory Company; and
  • Lisa Ranglin, vice president at Bank of America and founding president of the Rhode Island Black Business Association.

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Co-sponsored by the American Democracy Project, RIC Unity Center and the Dialogue on Diversity Committee

This event is free and open to the public.


The American Democracy Project (ADP) began in 2003 as an initiative of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), in partnership with The New York Times. Its goal is to produce graduates who are committed to being active, involved citizens in their communities. The over 220 participating colleges and universities. RIC is the only college in the state to participate in the ADP and is considered one of the leading programs in the country for political and civic engagement, often used as the model for initiatives by other colleges.

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