Upcoming Event: Summit to Realize the Dream

When: Wednesday, October 22, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Grand Hyatt Hotel, 1000 H Street, NW, Washington, D.C.


A national summit on October 22 will bring together government officials, business leaders, social activists and other public figures to initiate a five-year plan for realizing Dr. Martin Luther King’s dream for America. 


Martin Luther King, III, will host the Summit to Realize the Dream at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.The conference will focus on redressing poverty, building community and fostering peace through nonviolence. Speakers will discuss how the nation can meet these challenges through national service and civic engagement. The event is presented by Realizing the Dream, and is jointly sponsored by the National Urban League, Half in Ten Campaign, Points of Light Institute, ServiceNation, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, and YouthBuild USA. This event is made possible by a generous grant from the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust. 


The summit follows the launch of ServiceNation in early September, which featured presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and kicked off a national grass roots movement aimed at rallying Americans behind the idea that citizen service can strengthen our democracy and help solve our most persistent social challenges.



8:30 a.m. Welcome

Johnny Mack, Executive Vice President and COO, Realizing the Dream

8:40 a.m. Keynote Address

Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University

9:00 a.m. Summit Charge 

Martin Luther King, III, President and CEO, Realizing the Dream

9:30 a.m. Breakout Panels:

            Redressing Poverty in America

            Building Community

            Fostering Peace through Nonviolence

11:30 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m. Lunch

Keynote Address

Robert C. Gay, Co-Founder, Unitus, CEO, Huntsman-Gay Capital Partners, and Managing Director, Bain Capital

1:30 p.m. Plenary Session

The Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Where do we go from here?

Ed Gordon (Moderator), Host, Our World with Black Enterprise, and President, Gordon Media Group

National thought, business, government leaders and social activists from morning sessions to participate in this round-table moderated discussion. See below for a list of confirmed speakers.

3:30 p.m. Close

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Andrea Batista Schlesinger, Executive Director, Drum Major Institute for Public Policy
  • Douglas Blackmon, Author, Slavery by Another Name, and Atlanta Bureau Chief, Wall Street Journal 
  • John Bridgeland, President, Civic Enterprises
  • Lisa Donner, Executive Director, Half in Ten Campaign
  • Peter Edelman, Associate Dean, Georgetown University Law Center, former Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Robert C. Gay, Co-Founder, Unitus, CEO, Huntsman-Gay Capital Partners, and Managing Director, Bain Capital
  • Paul Jargowsky, Professor of Public Policy, University of Texas at Dallas 
  • Jack Kemp, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development 
  • Alan Khazei, Founder and CEO, Be The Change, Inc. 
  • John Lewis, U.S. Representative
  • Joe Madison, Radio Host and Civil Rights Activist 
  • Marc Morial, CEO, National Urban League 
  •  Alice O’Conner, Associate Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Charles Phillips, President, Service for Peace
  • Jeffrey Sachs, Director, Earth Institute at Columbia University
  • David Saltzman, Executive Director, Robin Hood Foundation 
  • Thomas Sander, Executive Director, Saguaro Seminar: Civic Engagement in America, Harvard University 
  • Al Sharpton, Founder and President, National Action Network 
  • William Spriggs, Professor and Chair, Department of Economics, Howard University 
  • Charles Steele, Jr., President and CEO, Southern Christian Leadership Conference 
  • Dorothy Stoneman, Founder and President, YouthBuild USA
  • Khatib Waheed, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy 
  • Jim Wallis, President and Executive Director, Sojourners 
  • Harris Wofford, former U.S. Senator