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Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (Part 1)
February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise looks at the last five decades of African American history since the major civil rights victories through the eyes of Henry Louis Gates, Jr., exploring the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. embarks on a deeply personal journey through the last fifty years of African American history. Joined by leading scholars, celebrities, and a dynamic cast of people who shaped these years, Gates travels from the victories of the civil rights movement up to today, asking profound questions about the state of black America—and our nation as a whole.
Discussion led by Emma Houston, Director of Diversity & Inclusion – Office of the Mayor/Salt Lake County Government Center
Emma has worked in various roles with Salt Lake County since 2002. She began her career in Aging Services as center manager for the Sunday Anderson Westside Senior which was the first center in the state to be nationally accredited. In 2006 Emma became the Assistant Program Manager for the Active Aging Centers Program and manager for 8 of the 16 county facilities. A longtime community volunteer, Emma was appointed as Diversity & Inclusion Director by Mayor Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County’s Diversity Affairs. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion mission is to support and promote an inclusive community and government for all through dialogue, respect, action and celebration and bring about meaningful and sustainable change that unites and strengthens Salt Lake County. She is the former chairwoman of the Governor’s Office of Ethnic Affairs and currently serves on the YWCA Board, UAA/SCANS Board, Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Board, MLK Commission and is the president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter. Emma is passionate about sharing her collaborative skills and community connections and enjoys working with all communities. She holds a MBA in Business Administration.