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Engage in dialogues, beyond our campuses, building coalitions and enacting change.


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Keynote Speaker: Ndaba Mandela - Global and Civic Entrepreneurship

Ndaba Mandela

Following in the footsteps of his beloved and iconic grandfather, Ndaba Mandela has taken the torch – and run with it. Today, Nelson Mandela’s legacy lives on as Ndaba continues to keep its beacon of hope bright, fueling its fiery message that one person can make a difference. Thankfully for all, the legacy lives, as Ndaba was recently named one of the “28 Men of Change” by BET. Today, Ndaba is showing the world, through his actions and orations, that Nelson Mandela’s voice and message of freedom still carries and rings true – sounded by a child that became a man under the warm embrace and expert tutelage of one of history’s greatest teachers. Currently, Ndaba is organizing the 95th celebration of Nelson Mandela day and was also instrumental in creating the International Day of Happiness at the United Nations. He continues to keep Mandela on the world’s mind. 

Now, Ndaba Mandela entertains and inspires audiences with tales only he could tell in his presentations exclusively through American Program Bureau. With pride and presence, Ndaba speaks passionately about Africa, its people and its future – which is looking brighter than ever. This is good news, not only for the continent, but also for corporations looking to get in on the ground floor of a steadily rising nation, embracing its vast potential and natural resources. In fact, Ndaba is the co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting a positive image of Africa around the world and to increasing its potential for growth in the areas of education, employment and international corporate alliances for profit and partnership.

Following the keynote address, attendees from across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and other states in the region will break out into multiple sessions discussing topics such as race relation, gender, privilege, class/status, and more.


  12 pm to 1:30 pm      Opening Speaker           Hendrix Theatre
  1:45 pm to 2:45 pm   Summit Session I           221, 244, & Great Rooms(1-3)
  3 pm to 4 pm             Box Lunch (Provided)    MSC 2nd Floor Gallery
  4:15 pm to 5:15 pm   Summit Session II          221, 244, & Great Rooms (1-3)
  5:30 pm to 6 pm        Closing                           Hendrix Theatre

Ticket Information: $5 for ECU Registrants (faculty, staff, students) / $10 for outside Registrants (Lunch INCLUDED with registration)

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Session Topics Scheduled: 

  • Gender Equality - Dr. Kathy Jones - East Carolina University
  • Race Relations - Dr. Lauren Kempton - University of New Haven
  • Global Community - David Hamilton - Grey Advertising
  • LGBT - Trans Issues - Alex Lewis - East Carolina University
  • Community/Student Activism - Dr. Robert Canida and Gamal Marlowe- UNC Pembroke