On the 26th Anniversary of Martin Luther King Day and the eve of the historic inauguration of the 46th President of the United States, Joseph R. Biden, and 49th Vice President, Kamala D. Harris, pocstock is kicking off its year-long #IncludeUS campaign with “Living the Dream, Black America’s New Social Contract”, an important conversation about the future of Black America. 

pocstock is the Black-owned diversity content agency specializing in creating and marketing images that showcase the diverse pigmentations, lifestyles, fashion, and cultures of people of color. In addition, pocstock provides diversity consulting and custom content development services to clients looking to successfully incorporate people of color into their campaigns while ensuring cultural sensitivity.

Following the emotional rollercoaster ride of the turbulent events of 2020 — from the tragic murders of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd by the police and the subsequent protests that erupted around the world, to the Covid-19 pandemic and the revelation of the healthcare disparities in the Black community, to the historic election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, subsequent runoff elections in Georgia, and terrorist attack on The Capitol last week  —  the critical importance and systemic vulnerabilities of Black Americans have been spotlighted.

Steve Jones, Founder & CEO of pocstock, says, “A rare and historic moment has opened up for us to have real and authentic conversations. As Black Americans, how can we turn this talk about diversity, equity, and inclusion to action? How can we hold America (and ourselves) accountable to change? How can we turn this moment into momentum?

The question is clear — to truly fulfill the dream of social equity for Black Americans, we need to establish a new social contract with America.

pocstock has assembled a dynamic panel of Black excellence for a FREE live conversation streaming on Facebook Live on 1/18 at 6PM EST hosted and moderated by Neneh Diallo. Neneh is a DC-based communications strategist, specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion. 

Joining her are Black thought leaders at the top of their respective fields, including:

Dr. Randal Pinkett, Chairman and CEO, BCT Partners

Dr. Randal Pinkett has established himself as an entrepreneur, speaker, author and scholar, and as a leading voice for his generation in business, technology, diversity and inclusion. He is the co-founder, chairman and CEO of his fifth venture, BCT Partners, a multimillion-dollar research, training, consulting, technology, and data analytics firm named to Black Enterprise’s BE 100 list of the nation’s largest African American-owned businesses.

Dr. Pinkett is the author of “Campus CEO: The Student Entrepreneur’s Guide to Launching a Multimillion-Dollar Business” and “No-Money Down CEO: How to Start Your Dream Business with Little or No Cash” and co-author of “Black Faces in White Places: 10 Game-Changing Strategies to Achieve Success and Find Greatness”. He holds five degrees including: a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University; a M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Oxford in England; and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering, MBA, and Ph.D. from MIT. Most notably, he was the first and only African-American to receive the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship at Rutgers University, and was the Season 4 winner of NBC’s reality television show, “The Apprentice”.

Terrence Clark, President and CEO, NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council

Terrence Clark currently serves as the President and CEO of the NY & NJ Minority Supplier Development Council. At the Council, Terrence provides operational oversight and carries out full management and operational responsibilities for the Council’s market areas which are the State of New York and New Jersey up to the Trenton area.

Prior to this position, he served as the Vice President of Entrepreneurship and Business Development for the National Urban League, the Senior Vice President, Knowledge Sharing for Opportunity Finance Network, and has served in a variety of leadership positions for community and economic development organizations over the past twenty five years. He served as the Executive Director of the 47th Street Business Improvement District, as the Executive Director of the Manhattan Minority Business Development Center, Bronx Small Business Development Center, and the Pace University Minority and Women Business Development Center. Mr. Clark started his career at the United States Small Business Administration, where he served as the Assistant District Director for Management Assistance.

Dr. Roger Mitchell, Chair of the Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention for the National Medical Association

Dr. Mitchell is board certified in Anatomic and Forensic Pathology by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) and serves as the Chief Medical Examiner of Washington, DC. He holds positions as Clinical Professor of Pathology at the George Washington University and Assistant Professor of Surgery at Howard University where he teaches medical students and residents.

Dr. Mitchell is Chair of the Task Force on Gun Violence Prevention for the National Medical Association (NMA). He co-authored the paper entitled The Violence Epidemic in the African American Community: A Call by the National Medical Association for Comprehensive Reform highlighting the impact of violence in the United States. In addition, Dr. Mitchell led a group of forensic pathologists in an ad hoc committee to the paper entitled: “National Association of Medical Examiners Position Paper: Recommendations for the Definition, Investigation, Postmortem Examination, and Reporting of Deaths in Custody.”

Larry Scott Blackmon, CEO, The Blackmon Organization

Larry Scott Blackmon is the CEO of the Blackmon Organization, a leading public affairs, political consulting firm. Additionally, Larry serves as VP, Public Affairs at FreshDirect, the leading e-commerce food grocer, expanding current partnerships, cultivating new relationships and serving as a key company spokesman. Larry’s work builds on FreshDirect’s existing community and charitable partnerships across a variety of issues including fighting hunger, nutrition education and career development. Larry has 20 years of public service, community development and government experience. 

Whether you’re a proud Black person in America or abroad, or you’re an Ally or an “All Lives Matter” chanter, this conversation is important. Register to participate and let your voice be heard. Facebook Live