Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America

Presented by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
and the National Visionary Leadership Project

October 16, 2007

2007 Honorees

Lucy Allen
Norman Francis
Faith Ringgold
Visual Arts

The Intergenerational Summit on the State of Black America was a one-day annual event held October 16, 2007 at the Library of Congress (LOC). The Summit engages an audience of college and high school students in a problem-solving discussion with a panel comprised of six nationally-known Visionary elders and two college students--participants in NVLP’s Visionary Heritage Fellows Program. Together they develop solutions to contemporary issues in the African American community. The event, which included a brief awards ceremony, has been held annually in partnership with the Library of Congress American Folklife Center and is videotaped for educational distribution.

This is the organization’s fourth Summit, presented in partnership with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (LOC) in Washington, DC. The event also included a special ceremony to commemorate the historic transfer of NVLP’s priceless master video tapes and transcripts to the LOC so that they will be permanently housed as the National Visionary Leadership Project Collection of African American Oral Histories.

As part of the ceremony, the following students from J.C. Nalle Elementary School in Washington, DC assisted in the presentation of awards: Amari Carter, Guy Cummings, Ann Gill, William Hamm, Ronnita Howerton-Hull, and Alphonso Sullivan.

In conjunction with the Summit, NVLP held a very successful essay contest with six Washington, DC-area high schools. Using NVLP’s website and their own research, the students wrote brief essays describing why their Visionary was a role model. The first-place winners from each school received cash awards, got to have lunch with their respective honoree and read their introductory essays during the award ceremony, which was videotaped for educational broadcasts.

Congratulations to all of the 2007 NVLP Essay Contest Finalists:

CD Hylton Senior High School (VA)
First Place – Sofia Ahmad -- Introduced Lucy Allen
Second Place - Jasmine R. Johnson
Third Place - Ashley Pierce

South Lakes High School (VA)
First Place – Brandon Christopher -- Introduced Derrick A. Bell, Jr.
Second Place - Linden Abston
Third Place – Aaron Clark

Duke Ellington School of the Arts (DC)
First Place - Evan Odoms -- Introduced John Conyers, Jr.
Second Place - Reginald A. Williams
Third Place - Meredith Wyscarver

McKinley Technology High School (DC)
First Place - Melanie Kates – Introduced Norman C. Francis
Second Place - Faith Ajayi
Third Place - Dionte McFadden

Suitland High School (MD)
First Place - Stephanée Martin -- Introduced Faith Ringgold
Second Place - Johnetta Queen
Third Place - Jerome Addison

Woodrow Wilson Senior High School (DC)
First Place - Aide Peralta -- Introduced Barbara C. Harris
Second Place - Anthony Ortiz
Third Place - Bridget Espana

This year’s Summit was special because it also included a ceremonial transfer of the NVLP master videotapes to the LOC. The ceremony included Visionaries in attendance who are part of the first installment of 50 interviews to the collection: John Hope Franklin, Dorothy I. Height, Charlotte W. Holloman, and Willieboyd McNeil Saddler. The collection, to be permanently archived at the LOC, has become the official repository for the master tapes, transcripts and photos from more than 200 of NVLP’s priceless interviews. After the awards were presented, the honorees were joined on stage by Visionary Heritage Fellows Élan E. S. Moore and Jeffrey McLeod for a lively panel discussion that included questions from the audience, comprised mainly of high school and college students New groups of participants this year included the Washington Metro Scholars (based in Washington, DC) and the Schomburg Center Junior Scholars Program (based in New York City.)

NVLP is particularly grateful to the Freddie Mac Foundation for their generous support of the 2007 Summit. We’d like to also thank Old Dominion Chapter, The Links, Incorporated and the Eastern Area, The Links, Incorporated for their support of the NVLP High School Essay Contest.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress (LOC) was created by the American Folklife Preservation Act, passed by Congress in 1976, to “preserve and present American folklife” through programs of research, documentation, archival preservation, reference service, live performance, exhibition, publication and training. The LOC supports NVLP by providing archival guidance and archiving the original recordings so that they can be preserved and made accessible at the Library of Congress for generations to come.

2007 Honorees
Drawn by J.C. Nalle Elementary Students
Lucy Allen
Drawn by Ann Gill
of J.C. Nalle Elementary
Derrick Bell
Drawn by Ronnie Wallace
of J.C. Nalle Elementary
John Conyers, Jr.
Drawn by Ronnie Wallace
of J.C. Nalle Elementary
Norman Francis
Drawn by Alphonso Sullivan
of J.C. Nalle Elementary
Barbara Harris
Drawn by William Hamm
of J.C. Nalle Elementary
Faith Ringgold
Drawn by Ann Gill
of J.C. Nalle Elementary