Gullah Geechee Chamber Presents Broadband and Rural Communities Discussion

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(Georgetown, SC) – Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with MLC Strategies presents “Power Up with Broadband: High Speed Internet & Rural Communities,” panel discussion, Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 7:00pm.

Register at or view live via the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce and Gullah Geechee Leadership Institute Facebook pages.

“It is thrilling to collaborate with Mignon Clyburn, principal of MLC Strategies and former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, states Marilyn Hemingway, founder of the Gullah Geechee Chamber, “while serving on the FCC, Ms. Clyburn was known to be an advocate for low income consumers to defray the cost of broadband service, championed diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, emphasized diversity and inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought to preserve a free and open internet.”

The expert panel on Thursday, February 25 will cover social, criminal, economic justice topics and the interconnection of broadband. Topics and panelists are listed below:

  • Telehealth: Dr. Thaddeus John Bell, physician, and founder of “Closing the Gap in Healthcare”
  • 21st Century Education and a Ready Workforce: Ms. Delores McBride, Associate Professor, Business Computer Information Systems, Morris College, Sumter, SC;
  • Political Activism/Civic Engagement: Brandon Upson, Amplify Action;
  • “Virtual Justice”: Clinton W. Gregory, Director of Information Technology & Facility Management and Co-founder of the Virtual Justice Project, North Carolina Central University School of Law;
  • Entrepreneurism and the Arts: Karen Alexander Banks, Founding CEO of the Auntie Karen Foundation and creator of Auntie Karen’s Young Entrepreneurs Conference that fosters economic empowerment for youth;

Founded in 2018, the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce raises global awareness, profitability and sustainability of African American businesses and other entities in the Gullah community.

Marilyn L. Hemingway, is the CEO and Founder of the Gullah Geechee Chamber of Commerce. She is the 2020 recipient of the 2020 Green Tie Award Community Advocate Award of the Conservation Voters of South Carolina. She is a certified Social Impact Entrepreneur Consultant, College of Charleston. Marilyn is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in Journalism.

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