See Tavis Smiley's 'We Count!' Summit Live

Will it live up to the hype? Check out the UStream of his summit, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. ET, to find out.


"We Count! The Black Agenda is the American Agenda," takes place today, Saturday, March 20, at Chicago State University. Up to 5,000 people are expected to attend the panel discussion, which will include Nation of Islam minister Louis Farrakhan; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr.; Angela Glover Blackwell, founder and chief executive officer of Policylink; professors Michael Eric Dyson and Cornel West; and Bennett College president Julianne Malveaux.

View the live stream below. If it isn't showing properly, go directly to

Lenny McAllister, contributor to The Root, will be hosting an online chat during the program. Whether or not you agree with the agenda or the selection of panelists, it's worth checking out.

For more about the event, read The Root's interview with the host, Tavis Smiley.

And let us know what you think of the summit. Will it result in any effective action to address the effects of inequality and the recession on African Americans?