hope conferenceAmy Chua (“The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom”), Tim Wise (“White Like Me: Reflections on Race From a Privileged Son“) and Boyce Watkins (“Hip-Hop Worldview: Are We Headed for Self-Destruction?”) are keynote speakers at the three-day HOPE 2014: Renewing Urban America Conference.

This June 12 – 14 conference is the brainchild of Dr. Kevin W. Cosby, pastor of St. Stephen Church and president of Simmons College of Kentucky. It brings together faith, community, business and political leaders to discuss “practical, life-altering solutions to the critical issues felt within urban communities.”

“It’s one thing to curse the darkness, it’s another to light a candle. Simmons College of Kentucky is lighting a candle for institutions as they attempt to address the issues plaguing urban America,” stated Dr. Cosby in a news release.

HOPE 2014 will address a variety of topics, including “community hopelessness, asset-based community development, prisoner recidivism, social isolation, urban education paradigms, gang violence, and white privilege.”

There are seven keynote speakers, and each evening will feature an evening worship service featuring a different preacher. There are four workshops over the course of the conference.

For more information, visit www.hope-conference.org. Registration is $50. The event will be held at St. Stephen Baptist Church, 1018 S 15th St.