DETROIT, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Rainbow PUSH Automotive Project, an initiative of the Citizenship Education Fund, proudly announces the 17th Annual Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit to be held on Friday, September 30, 2016, at the MGM Grand Detroit Meeting and Events Center in Detroit, Michigan. The Rainbow PUSH Global Automotive Summit is the only forum that addresses the automotive industry in relation to people of color. Each year, more than 500 automotive executives, entrepreneurs, suppliers, dealers, consumers, government and elected officials, advertising agencies, automotive manufacturers and media outlets from across the automotive spectrum participate in discussions focused on improving inclusion for ethnic minorities in the automotive industry.
The theme for this year's conference is Refocusing Diversity on Ethnic Minority Growth highlighting the inconsistency between the inclusion we envision and what is practiced. "As groups served by inclusion initiatives have grown, the dollars allocated have not and African Americans are increasingly shut out of growth opportunities," remarked Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. "Emerging from the recession, we have witnessed the erosion of ethnic media, advertising agencies, suppliers, dealers and a shrinking ethnic employee base. During this year's Global Automotive Summit, we will PUSH the reset button. We will examine the diversity commitments we share to ensure they are meeting their original intent – to correct historic exclusion and to close opportunity gaps."