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The Official Home Of The First Hip Hop Educational Summit

This history making event took place on March 10, 2004 at the Carrier Dome on the Syracuse University campus. Nearly 3,000 students and parents of the Syracuse City School District participated in the one day event.

The summit panelist included Doug E. Fresh, Rev Run, Fabulous, Ras B, Russell Simmons, with local organizer Akua Goodrich. Facilitated/Hosted by Hip Hop Summit Action Network co-founder Dr. Ben Chavis and local organizer Julius Edwards. Radio personality Rick "DJ Showcase" Dorsey provided the music for the event.

Summit Facts:

  • Major Sponsor: Gifford Foundation

  • Local Organizors: Julius Edwards & Akua Goodrich (

  • Participants: Syracuse City School District (3,000+ in attendence)

  • Location: Carrier Dome (Syracuse University Campus) Start Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm


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