As protests and demonstrations across the nation continue following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, corporate America is expressing their core values more than ever before. The Michigan Chronicle’s virtual Pancakes & Politics returns to help lead the conversation on the role of the business community in improving social justice.
Aiding to navigate this discussion are panelists TCF Bank Executive Chairman Gary Torgow, Executive Editor of Crain’s Detroit Business Kelley Root, and NAACP Detroit Branch President Rev. Wendell Anthony. The previous forum, which featured Governor Whitmer, highlighted the responsibility of government in social justice reform. The latest panel seeks to explore the role of the private sector has in relation to its consumers. Topics will also highlight consumer empowerment in holding companies to a necessary, equitable standard.
“This is truly a magical and important moment in time when you see the pain and frustration of Black people converge with an apparent heightened consciousness in the corporate community. It appears that corporate America has recognized that the status quo is not sufficient as it relates to addressing discrimination and systemic racism,” said Michigan Chronicle Publisher Hiram Jackson.
“Now we must, however, distinguish between concrete plans to address these cultural failings and empty and opportunistic promises. For the past 15 years, Michigan Chronicle’s Pancakes and Politics has invited Black voices into important conversations that influence our region’s public policy. I can’t think of a more important conversation to have at this moment.”
Dennis Archer Jr. and WWJ News Radio’s Vickie Thomas are set to return as hosts. Pancakes and Politics resumes Thursday, August 6. Opening remarks start at 7:50 AM, and the program begins promptly at 8 AM. You can watch the event live on our website or on the the Michigan Chronicle Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/michiganchronicle/ .