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“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carl W. Buechner
Dr. Howard-Bostic was selected by NAACP Berkeley County-Martinsburg, WV as the 2017 keynote speaker for the Freedom Fund Dinner, which was held on November 19, 2017 in Martinsburg, WV. She warned the audience about modern day slavery and urged the community to remain steadfast and immovable. "Topics such as opioid addiction, mental health diagnoses of youth, and human trafficking are leading issues impacting the African-American community and the world," she stated. On June 10, 2017 in Toronto, Canada, Howard-Bostic also presented the keynote address at the Fourth International Conference on Advances in Women’s Studies. She delivered an address about empowering academia and the community using bystander intervention. Howard-Bostic has partnered with an academic team in Brazil to publish a book chapter about violence against women on college campuses.
2016 Keynotes: Featured Topics
In September of 2016, Dr. Chiquita Howard-Bostic presented the keynote address, “Education Across Generations,” at the Advena World International Conference on Leadership, Ethics, and Urban Issues in Washington, D.C. She introduced a transformational leadership strategy to address disenfranchised generational socialization processes. In June 12, 2016, sociologist and community mentor, Howard-Bostic was the featured speaker at the Buffalo Branch NAACP 50th Annual Medgar Evers Award Dinner at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. WATCH Howard-Bostic's keynote speech.
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2016 NAACP Keynote Address
What related studies exist about education and quality of life?
ACCESS related literature exploring institutional change and globalization.
What perspectives were introduced during the NAACP keynote address in Buffalo, NY
The keynote addresses three unique perspectives about the value of life and the definition of education following economic shifts in the City of Buffalo. First, Howard-Bostic introduced personal experiences and help from local leaders in Buffalo as political statements to shape how community leaders can re-define education strategies for the current generation. Second, Howard-Bostic shared a critical perspective about the historical production of materials and ideas. Third, she discussed behavioral changes across generations (Baby Boomers, Generations X, Y, and Z) to interpret the value of life and definitions of education across generations.
What did the audience take away from the NAACP keynote?
For the past 45 years, we have endured the effects of a transition from an economy heavily invested in manufacturing to a more technology diversified economy. Institutional change (media, economy, education, and family) can impact how city residents exist in this world. The Greatest liberator is the education system. Leaders need to work together and pool resources to invest in our community. We must reeducate and reinvigorate residents to enhance reasons to live together, and love ourselves and each other. However, we work as a team by respecting the strengths of each generation. We need respect for self and authority, work ethic, and determination like the Baby Boomers. We need the ability to think critically and outside of the box like Generation X. We need the confidence, teamwork, drive, and ability to challenge and create change like Generation Y. We also need the intelligence, ability to access information, and ability to work with all human kind like Generation Z (Howard-Bostic, 2017).