Actress Alfre Woodard joined Rep. Mel Watt, state Sen. Malcolm Graham and Johnson C. Smith University president Ron Carter to announce youth summit at JCSU during the Democratic National Convention. The press conference was supposed to be an announcement for UFuture – A Summit for Innovative Young Thinkers, but it quickly became a call to action to today’s young voters. Woodard implored the young students in attendance to educate each other about the importance of being politically active and voting.
“Change ain’t easy. It ain’t magic,” Woodard said. “Get the word out to young people. It’s not a process. It’s a way of life.”
The youth summit will coincide with the Democratic National Convention and draw students from 20 area colleges. The Congressional Black Caucus Institute and JCSU are sponsoring the event. Woodard and actor Hill Harper are expected to attend.Harper campaigned in Charlotte for President Obama during the 2008 election.They summit will be a highly technological affair with web streaming and other online interaction.
Woodard said young people have so much more power today because of technology to organize and fight for progress and freedom.