The Hutchin's Forum "Race and the Race to the White House"

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of participating in an annual forum in Martha’s Vineyard hosted by PBS NewsHour in conjunction with the Hutchins Center for African and African-American Research titled “Race & the Race to the White House.”

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. of Harvard University and NewsHour special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault hosted and moderated the panel of guests where we discussed how race has shaped presidential politics, from the election of America’s first black president to the current contest for the Oval Office.

Other panelists included New York Times columnist Charles Blow, Donna Brazile, interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, conservative talk show host and GOP analyst Armstrong Williams and Leah Wright-Rigueur, assistant professor of public policy at Harvard University.

During my visit at Martha's Vineyard, I had the opportunity to talk with Professor Gates about a multitude of things currently facing our nation. It was trip well worth and like so many, I look forward to seeing how this election will turn out. Hopefully, the next president will impact America for the better, but only time will tell.