July 17, 2015
The Southern Regional Asset Building Coalition (SRABC) will hold its eighth annual conference Oct. 8-9 in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the Beau Rivage Resort. The featured keynote speaker is Maxine Crump, the executive director of Dialogue on Race Louisiana, based in Baton Rouge.
After growing up in Maringouin, La., Crump made history when she became the first Black woman to live in a residence hall on LSU’s campus, then again in 1975 by becoming first Black reporter at Baton Rouge's WAFB Channel 9 News. Her career in television and radio broadcasting spanned 14 years and she has also worked in news, public relations and media development.
Although she can no longer be found on the local news, "today, you’ll find her sparking important conversations about ending racial discrimination," reported 225 Magazine.
In February earlier this year, she took the TEDxLSU stage with her message "Using Talk to Create Action". She explained it doesn’t matter if people have individual prejudice--together, we can end racism as an institution. "By harnessing the power of conversation with each other, we have the opportunity to change our own spheres of influence and open doors to opportunities for people of all colors," she said.
Since 2007, the SRABC conference has brought together 250 advocates and experts from 18 states to focus on that change and collaborate on specific strategies and efforts that increase financial security for communities across the nation.
With special emphasis on defining policies and programs that support low-income families and communities, this year’s conference provides participants with provide opportunities to collaborate utilizing the latest research and innovative ways to assist low- to moderate-income families in building wealth.
“The public is especially invited to join this dynamic network at the 8th annual conference and become engaged in making concrete steps to ensure economic inclusion and wealth building for all,” said Gena McClendon, SRABC project director.
SRABC is a partnership of state coalitions dedicated to the advocating for and the development of asset-building policies and programs for low-income families and rural communities.