America has reached a volatile crossroads between 20th-century exclusion and 21st-century progress. But a coalition of leaders has come together in response to offer a Learning Lab for journalists on Aug. 3 in Washington, D.C.

Stories matter. Stories tshape the thoughts, beliefs and actions of our democracy. Too often, these stories capture a narrow slice of complicated issues that limit our perspectives and add to barriers that divide us. New stories are needed, stories that capture the full portrait of issues and solutions for racial divisions in America. #InclusiveAmerica is designed to do just that. Through accuracy, integrity and nuance, we will elevate, encourage and craft stories that shape a new narrative for change. We will start with a learning for the nation’s storytellers, journalists from around the world who work every day to get the story and get it right. We will empower them with tools for doing just that.

The lab will be held on the first day of the National Association of Black Journalists and National Association of Hispanic Journalists combined convention running from Aug. 3-7. This combined gathering offers a unique opportunity to launch a new narrative around comprehensive themes central to an improved, more accurate national discourse.

This lab will expose attendees to high influencers, governmental, philanthropic and corporate efforts to transform the nation’s divided sectors into a renewed landscape of economic equity and inclusive competitiveness.

A commitment to a modern path requires inclusion and economic empowerment of underrepresented Americans. Journalists will meet the leading change-makers, visionaries and experts across areas of education, entrepreneurship, tech-based workforce and economic development.

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#InclusiveAmerica is made possible by the commitment and partnership of The Case Foundation, The Campaign for Black Male Achievement, Cities United, Google Fiber, The Kapor Center for Social Impact, Business Oregon, ScaleUp Partners and the National Association of Black Journalists.

Together, we have brought an all-star lineup of experts offering a diverse arsenal of solutions for connected underserved people and regions to productivity pipelines and progress. This line-up includes more than 30 speakers and panelists representing diverse sectors and solutions for improved economic progress that benefits all Americans.

This lab will address current problems and introduce new relevant data, knowledge and resources to craft a new 21st century narrative for a globally competitive Inclusive America.

We invite you to participate in this event through this and other digital platforms. Learn more about inclusion by following #InclusiveAmerica and/or check back here for more stories about these experts, organizations and innovators who make up the #InclusiveAmerica coalition.

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