28 Days Spends a Night in D.C.

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For the past five years, AT&T Inc.has been hosting a campaign aimed at motivating and inspiring the nation, especially the youth, to refocus and rethink what they can accomplish by reflecting on history and acting in the present to create a better future. By incorporating different host, celebrities, performers and intellectual speakers throughout the campaign, AT&T’s28 Daysaims to promote a greater understanding of African American culture and entice individuals to pursue their dreams. The nationwide 28 Days campaign last throughout February, and this year AT&T ‘s first stop was in Washington D.C. on Feb. 7at the Lincoln Theater.

This year, the host of the 28 Days campaign was comedian, television host and radio personality Rickey Smiley. The star of The Rickey Smiley Show on TV One created a comfortable atmosphere for the audience with his comic prowess. With an interactive aspect that let the audience text and tweet questions during the show, the event was engaging even before the main speaker, Kevin Powell, arrived on stage.

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Powell, an award-winning author, activist, and co-founder of B.K. (Building Knowledge) Nation, immediately captivated the audience with his honest and heartfelt speech on the topics of music, black history and activism. He is considered one of the leading voices in 21st century America. Being the intelligent and charismatic speaker that he is, Powell managed to relate to and motivate nearly every audience member by sharing his personal stories of struggle and success. Powell has been a leader for over 20 years, and he encouraged everyone present to be a leader as well.

The 28 Days campaign also traveled to The Carolina Theaterin Raleigh, N.C., The Tabernaclein Atlanta, and will end with a show at the Millennium Centre in Detroit on Feb. 27. Other speakers during the campaign included Corvida Raven, social media expert, MC Lyte, Jeff Johnson, award-winning investigative journalist, and performer Elle Varner.

The AT&T28 Days campaign is just one of the ways AT&T Inc. supports the African American community, giving back through technology and sponsoring programs such as the 2012 AT&T HBCU Tailgate Tour, the Stellar Awards, and more.

By: Malcolm Maurice / AcrosstheFader.Com

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