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NAACP Student Debt Townhall
Media Advisory October 25, 2022

NAACP to Host Virtual Town Hall on Student Debt Cancellation with Education Secretary Miguel Cardona

NAACP Student Debt Townhall


October 25, 2022

Contact:Chyna Fields,


WASHINGTON DC –  On Wednesday, October 26, 2022, at 8 PM ET, the NAACP will host a national student debt cancellation town hall with U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona and Department of Education Senior Advisor, Ashley Harrington. Student debt cancellation has been a top priority for the NAACP, and the new Biden-Harris plan — cancelling up to $20,000 per debtholder — is a significant step in addressing our nation's racial wealth gap.

The Department of Education estimates that over 40 million borrowers are eligible for partial or full student loan cancellation. For millions of Americans, this will open opportunities for homeownership and generational wealth, while spurring economic growth and easing the pain felt by inflation.

Moderated by CBS News Correspondent, Jericka Duncan, the event will feature U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel Cardona, Department of Education Senior Advisor, Ashley Harrington, and NAACP President Derrick Johnson in a conversation about the campaign for student loan cancellation, and the recently launched application, eligibility, and economic impact. Participants will also hear from Actor Marcus Scribner (Grown• ish). 

Additionally, as we look toward another crucial election over the next few weeks, the town hall will also recognize the power of voting, and the impact that each vote in 2020 had in making student debt cancellation real. Voting matters, and voters can change policy to make their family's and their community's lives better.

Reporters are welcome to attend by registering below.

Participants can also dial-in to 1-866-757-0756 for questions and answers.


Virtual National Town Hall


Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP

Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education

Ashley Harrington, Senior Advisor, Department of Education

Marcus Scribner, Actor, Grown•ish ( ABC) 

Jericka Duncan, Correspondent, CBS News


Wednesday, October 26, 2022



Register here: National Town Hall: Debt. Cancelled.

Reporters and journalists are invited to register for the town hall by clicking the link above. 



Founded in 1909 in response to the ongoing violence against Black people around the country, the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) is the largest and most pre-eminent civil rights organization in the nation. We have over 2,200 units and branches across the nation, along with well over 2M activists. Our mission is to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.