Last month I was invited by Mr. Arthur Sidney, on behalf on Congressman Hank Johnson of Georgia, to participate in a panel discussion that took place at The Congressional Black Caucus’ Annual Legislative Conference in Washington DC. The panel entitled Beyond the Digital Divide: Capitalizing on the Technology Economy was focused on solutions and I was honored to be a part of a group that included Hank Shocklee of the legendary hip-hop group Public Enemy. This was simply one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t believe that this year was the first I have ever heard of this event but I have already decided that going forward I will be in attendance every year whether I am invited to speak or not. The room was packed and we had a very spirited discussion on the issues confronting our people as it relates to becoming participants in the digital society. I am certain that moving forward this conference will focus much more on the issue of the digital divide as technology and science continues to increase in importance in our society and the global economy. For years I have felt that digital divide is the civil rights issue of my generation and I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity to share my thoughts with those who are involved in crafting the policies that will move our nation forward.