Social Security and African Americans

Race, Retirement, & Reform

March 19, 2002 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM EST

Hayek Auditorium

Featuring Hon. Ken Blackwell, Star Parker, and Tony Brown.

Cosponsored by the Cato Institute and the National Black Chamber of Commerce

Conference Schedule

8:00–9:00 a.m. Registration
9:00–9:15 a.m. Opening Remarks — F. A. Hayek Auditorium

Edward H. Crane
Cato Institute
[Transcript - PDF, 6 pgs, 90 Kb]

Harry C. Alford
President and CEO
National Black Chamber of Commerce
[Transcript - PDF, 4 pgs, 84 Kb]

9:15–10:00 a.m. Keynote Address

Introduction — Casey Lartigue
Policy Analyst
Cato Institute

Gwendolyn King
Former Social Security Commissioner
Member, President's Commission to Strengthen Social Security
[Transcript - PDF, 16 pgs, 33 Kb]

10:00–11:15 a.m. Panel 1: Is Social Security Fair to African Americans?
[Transcript - PDF, 36 pgs, 172 Kb]

Moderator — Wiley A. Hall
Executive Editor and Columnist
The Afro-American

Michael Tanner
Director of Health and Welfare Studies
Cato Institute

Horace Cooper
Center for New Black Leadership

Maya Rockeymoore
Senior Resident Scholar
National Urban League

Kilolo Kijakazi
Senior Policy Analyst
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

11:15–11:30 a.m. Break
11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Panel 2: Savings, Investment, and the African-American Community
[Transcript - PDF, 39 pgs, 182 Kb]

Moderator — Derek McGinty
ABC News "World News Now"

Darrell Williams
Professor of Economics

Mellody Hobson
Ariel Capital Management, Inc.

Jesse Brown
Krystal Investment Management

Tony Brown
Tony Brown Productions

Rev. Alexander Hurt
Kingdom Church of Brockton, Mass

12:45–1:30 p.m. Lunch — Wintergarden
1:30–2:15 p.m. Luncheon Address

Introduction — Deroy Murdock
Loud and Clear Communications

J. Kenneth Blackwell
Secretary of State, Ohio
[Transcript - PDF, 15 pgs, 31 Kb]

2:15–3:30 p.m. Panel 3: The Great Debate:
Should Social Security be Privatized?

Moderator — Juan Williams
Senior Correspondent, National Public Radio

Star Parker
President and Founder
Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education

Herman Cain
T.H.E., Inc.

E. Percil Stanford
Former Chairman
National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare

Hilary O. Shelton
Washington Bureau, NAACP

3:30 p.m. Closing Remarks

Dylan Glenn
Special Assistant to the President
National Economic Council