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Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Van Jones

Black History Month Keynote Speaker: Van Jones

Van Jones, a CNN contributor and former special advisor for Green Jobs, will visit Old Dominion University as the Black History Month Keynote Speaker on Feb. 19th from 6:30-9 p.m. at North Cafe in Webb Center.

Jones is president and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. Jones is currently a CNN Contributor. In 2009, he worked as the green jobs advisor to the White House where he helped run the inter-agency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending.

He is currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a senior policy advisor at Green for All. Jones also holds a joint appointment at Princeton University, as a distinguished visiting fellow in both the Center for African American Studies and in the Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

“America’s middle class is too big to fail. The aspirations of our working families and low-income communities are too big to fail. The hopes of our children are too big to fail. The American Dream itself is too big to fail. And we are not going to let it fail,” Jones stated on his website vanjonescom.

In his New York Times Best Selling novel, “Rebuild a Dream,” he “reflects on his journey from grassroots outsider to White House insider. For the first time, he shares intimate details of his time in government and reveals why he chose to resign his post as a special advisor to the Obama White House.”

The book’s description also adds, “Jones puts his hard-won lessons to good use, proposing a powerful game plan to restore hope, fix our democracy and renew the American Dream. Jones is making this game plan a reality through the organization Rebuild the Dream—a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to get the U.S. economy working for 100 percent of Americans, and not just the top 1 percent. “

Jones received his B.S. in communication and political science from the University of Tennessee at Martin (UT Martin). He also worked as an intern at the Jackson Sun (Tennessee), the Shreveport Times (Louisiana) and the Associated Press (Nashville bureau).


By: Brian Jerry

Senior Writer