Check Out The Full Schedule For HuffPost's Listen To America Tour

We'd love to have you join us at one of our stops.
09/01/2017 11:28 am ET Updated Oct 31, 2017

Join us for HuffPost’s Listen To America bus tour. Step aboard the bus and tell us your story — what matters most to you and what being American means today.

Everyone’s welcome to hang out, chat, enjoy snacks and more. Most stops will also include a special event with community leaders discussing topics of local concern and taking questions from the audience.  

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 The Listen to America bus tour ended on October 30th. To see where we went and what we did, scroll down below.  

 

Sept. 12 - St. Louis, Mo.

10:00 a.m. Launch Event at Kiener Plaza 
  • As we kick off the Listen to America bus tour, St. Louis community leaders will send us off with a few words. Speakers include Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HuffPost; Donald Suggs, publisher of the St. Louis American; Rev. Starsky Wilson; Tishaura Jones, treasurer for the city of St. Louis; Alderwoman Megan Green
2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Tour stop: Salt and Smoke - 6525 Delmar Blvd.
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
7 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.) Forum: “Three Years After Ferguson: Seeking Solutions in St. Louis,” The Royale, 3132 S Kingshighway Blvd. (in partnership with the St. Louis American)
  • Come hear community leaders talk about what’s working — and what still needs work. Audience Q&A to follow.
  • Introduction: Lydia Polgreen, editor-in-chief of HuffPost
  • Moderator: Chris King, managing editor of the St. Louis American
  • Panelists: Kayla Reed, organizer and strategist; Rev. Starsky Wilson; Alderwoman Megan Green; Blake Strode, staff attorney with Arch City Defenders; Kevin Ahlbrand, former Ferguson commissioner and Missouri Fraternal Order Of Police president, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department sergeant
  • RSVP

 

Sept. 14 - Little Rock, Ark.

11 a.m - 3 p.m.  Tour stop: The Clinton Library  
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
7 p.m. (Doors 6:30pm) Forum: “Victory Over Violence: Overcoming Gangs in Little Rock,” Philander Smith College (in partnership with KARK and Fox16 News)
  • Little Rock community leaders discuss the path to combating gang violence in the city. Audience Q&A to follow.
  • Moderator: Fox16 anchor Kevin Kelly
  • Panelists: Tristan Wilkerson, Black Male Initiative coordinator, Social Justice Institute at Philander Smith College; Kenton Buckner, police chief for the Little Rock Police Department; Leifel Jackson, motivational speaker, gang consultant, youth mentor and founder of ROCAN Inc.; Joyce Elliott, Arkansas state senator
  • RSVP

 

 

Sept. 15 - Oxford, Miss.

11 a.m - 3 p.m.  Tour stop: Oxford Town Square (near City Hall)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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5:30 p.m. (Doors at 5 p.m.) Interview: “What Makes Oxford Work: A Sit-Down With Mayor Robyn Tannehill,” Off Square Books
  • Journalist and author Curtis Wilkie talks with Mayor Robyn Tannehill about progress, positive change and roadblocks to overcome. Audience Q&A to follow. 
  • RSVP

 

Sept. 18 - Memphis, Tenn.

11 a.m - 3 p.m.  Tour stop: Crosstown Concourse
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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7 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.) Forum: “Show Mem the Money,” Clayborn Temple (in partnership with High Ground)
  • Moderator: Wendi C. Thomas, journalist with MLK50
  • Panelists: Floyd Tyler, founder and president of Preserver Partners; Alex Matlock, CEO of Contigo Creative and president of the Mid-South Latino Chamber of Commerce; Carolyn Hardy, chairman of the Greater Memphis Chamber and CEO of Henderson Transloading Services; Jozelle Booker, president of the Memphis Minority Business Council Continuum
  • RSVP

Sept. 19, 20 - Birmingham, Ala.

Sept. 20 3 p.m. - 
7 p.m.
Tour stop: Railroad Park (17th Street Plaza Section A)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Sept. 19                6 - 7:30 p.m. (Doors at 5:30 p.m.) Forum: 16th Street Baptist Church, “Overcoming And Surviving Inner-City Violence In Birmingham”
  • Moderator: Sarah Verser, WBRC anchor
  • Panelists: Danny Carr, district attorney; Henry Irby, Birmingham Police deputy chief; Jarralynne Agee, Birmingham Violence Reduction Initiative manager; Carolyn Johnson, founder of Parents Against Violence Foundation, Inc. 
  • RSVP

 

Sept. 22 - Atlanta, Ga.

Sept. 22, 11 a.m. -
3 p.m.
Tour stop: Ponce City Market
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Sept. 25 - Asheville, N.C.

Sept. 25, 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Forum: Asheville Visitors’ Center, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Center for Graduate Studies, A conversation about women’s health and rural hospitals
  • Moderators: Frank Taylor, managing editor of Carolina Public Press and Meredith Melnick, editor of The Scope and executive health and science editor of HuffPost
  • Panelists: Jacqueline Sitton, family nurse practitioner with Park Ridge Health Pediatrics; Dr. Beth Buys, division director of OB/GYN for Mountain Area Health and Education Center (MAHEC); Lucretia Stargell, Vice President, business and service line development for Harrison Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital; Steve Heatherly, CEO of Harris Regional Hospital and Swain Community Hospital
Sept. 25, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Tour stop: 12 Bones and Wedge Brewery, 5 Foundy St.
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP

Sept. 26 - Charlottesville, Va.

Sept 26, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m.

 

 

Tour stop: University of Virginia (near McIntire Amphitheatre)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Sept 26, 3 p.m.- 5 p.m.

 

 

Tour stop: IX Art Park, 522 Second Street SE
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Sept. 27 - Charleston, W.Va.

Sept. 27, 1 - 5 p.m. Tour stop: Charleston Civic Center (corner of Quarrier St. and Clendenin St.)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Sept. 27, 
7 p.m. (Doors at 6:30 p.m.)
Forum: Little Theater at the Charleston Civic Center, “Surviving the Opioid Crisis”
  • Introduction: Jason Cherkis, reporter for HuffPost
  • Moderator: Rob Byers, executive editor of the Charleston Gazette-Mail
  • Panelists: Brandi Gunnoe, survivor in recovery; Lois Vance, recovery care coordinator and recovery care assistant at Cabin Creek Health Systems; Mike Brumage, executive director and health officer of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department; Andrea Darr, Handle with Care; Amanda Dietz, survivor in recovery.
  • RSVP

Sept. 29 - Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sept. 29, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tour stop: Schenley Plaza 
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP  

 

Oct. 2 - Akron, Ohio

Oct. 2, 11 a.m. - 
3 p.m.
Tour stop: Cascade Plaza 
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
 Oct. 2, 6p.m. (doors at 5:30 p.m.), Akron Art Museum Forum: Building a New Vision for Downtown Akron
  • Moderator: Andrew Meyer, WKSU News Director
  • Panelists: City of Akron planning director Jason Segedy; Knight Foundation Akron Program director Kyle Kutuchief; Akron Beacon-Journal Metro editor Cheryl Powell; Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Affairs and Senior Advisor to the Mayor Marco Sommerville. 
  • RSVP

Oct. 3 - Detroit + Dearborn

Oct. 3, 11 a.m. - 
3 p.m.
Tour stop: Cadillac Plaza, East of Campus Martius Park
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Oct. 3, 6 p.m., Byblos Banquet Hall (Dearborn)  Forum: How the Arab and Muslim Capital is (Still) Coping after 9/11
  • Moderator: Osama Siblani
  • Panelists: Nabih Ayad, founder of Arab American Civil Rights League; Dawud Walid, Director of Council of American Islamic Relations (CAIR - MI); State Representative Abdullah Hammoud (D- Dearborn); Fadwa Alawie Hammoud, Trustee of Dearborn School Board
  • RSVP

 

Oct. 4 + 5 - Fort Wayne, Ind.

Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Ivy Tech Community College

 

 Forum: “Vouchers: The Economics and Academics of Choice”
  • Moderator: Rebecca Klein, HuffPost
  • Panelists: Mark Berends, Center for Research on Educational Opportunity, Notre Dame; Laurie Johnson, Program Chair for Education at Ivy Tech; Anne Duff, Member of Board of School Trustees at Fort Wayne Community Schools and parent; Karen Francisco, Editorial Page Editor at Journal-Gazette; Beth Bearman, parent 
Oct. 5, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Tour stop: Fort Wayne Public Library
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP

Oct. 6 - Milwaukee, Wis.

Oct. 6, 12 p.m - 3 p.m.   Tour stop: Walnut Way’s Innovations and Wellness Commons, 1617 W. North Avenue.
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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Oct. 6, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.  Tour stop: Milwaukee Film Festival, Oriental Theater, 2230 North Farwell Ave.
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP

Oct. 9 - Des Moines

Oct. 9, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tour stop: Salvation Army, 6th & Forest across from Urban Dreams
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Oct. 9, 7 p.m,  
Sussman Theater in the Olmsted Center of Drake University
Forum: “Hear Our Voices: Equity in Income, Wealth, Health, Housing, Education, Environment and Justice”
  • Moderator: Wayne Ford, Founder and Executive Director of Urban Dreams and former Iowa State Legislator
  • Panelists: Everyday people from the city of Des Moines
  • Audience: Leaders from Des Moines’ political, corporate, non-profit, and many other sectors.
  • RSVP

Oct. 10 - Kansas City

Oct. 10, 11 a.m. - 
3 p.m.
  
Tour stop: Union Station
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
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 Oct. 10, 6 p.m., the Diastole’ Scholar’s Center Forum: “Serving One’s Country and Being True to Oneself: A conversation with the transgender community - veterans and leaders - about their military experience and life in the Midwest”
  • Introductory remarks: Rev. Mark Holland, Mayor of Kansas City, Kansas; Barbara Bichelmeyer, University of Missouri Kansas City Interim Chancellor and Provost.
  • Moderator:  Ash R. Allee, Social Worker, queer activist, professor and consultant in the Kansas City area. 
  • Panelists: Suzanne Wheeler - A retired Army colonel who began her transition while still on active duty; Carmen Xavier - Former member of the 36th Tactical Air Command in Bitburg, Germany. She’s also a former county legislator and school board member; Debi Jackson, whose young transgender daughter was on the cover of National Geographic in January, exposing the family to international fame; Randall Jensen - A nationally known queer, multiracial artist and producer, anti-violence advocate and youth organizer. 
  • RSVP

Oct. 11 - Lincoln, Neb.

Oct. 11, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.    Tour stop: Tower Square
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.(doors at 6 p.m.), Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center Forum: “The Future of Food: Innovation in Agriculture and Food Science” 
  • Moderator: Dr. Michael Boehm, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Harlan Vice Chancellor for the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources and University of Nebraska Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Panelists: Andrew Uden, COO and Cofounder of Quantified Ag; Jill Gifford, National Food Entrepreneur Assistance Program Manager, UNL; Tom Field, Director, Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program; Gary Fehr, Cofounder, Green School Farms; Suji Park, Founder and CEO of Suji’s Korean Grill and Food Dreams Made Real; Andy Benson, Director, Nebraska Food for Health Center
  • RSVP

Oct. 13 - Casper, Wyo.

Oct. 13, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.   Tour stop: David Street Station
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
 Oct. 13 6 p.m., (doors 5:30 p.m.), Frontier Brewing Company Forum: “When the money runs out: How should Wyoming fund schools in a post-bust economy?”  
  • Moderator: Seth Klamann, Casper Star-Tribune education reporter
  • Panelists: Dirk Andrews, President of the Natrona County Education Association, President of Central Region to the Wyoming Education Association, and the coordinator for BEWM (Because Education in Wyoming Matters); Rachel Schuh, parent; Wyoming State Sen. Chris Rothfuss; Wyoming State Sen. Bill Landen; Wyoming Department of Education Chief of Staff Dicky Shanor. 

 

Oct. 16 - Livingston, Mont.

Oct. 16, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.   Tour stop: Livingston Depot Center
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Oct. 16, 7 p.m., Elk River Books  Forum: “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
  • Moderator: Greg Veis
  • Panelists: Walter Kirn, novelist, literary critic, essayist and author of eight books, including Up In The Air; Seabring Davis, the former editor in chief of Big Sky Journal and the author of several books; Jamie Harrison Potenberg, a Montana-based novelist.
  • RSVP

Oct. 18 - Provo, Utah

Oct. 18, 11 a.m - 3 p.m.   Tour stop: Provo Public Library
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
 Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m. (doors at 5 p.m.), Provo Public Library Forum: “Who Are Mormon Millennials And How Will They Change America?”
  • Moderator, Melissa Jeltsen, HuffPost senior reporter
  • Panelists: Carley Porter, a news media and Russian major at Brigham Young University and current web editor for the BYU Daily Universe; Eric Baker, a senior in the News Media program at BYU and web editor at the BYU Daily Universe who plans on working in news full-time after graduating; Ashley Lee, a junior studying news media with a minor in editing who plans on working as a reporter for a national newspaper after graduation.
  • RSVP

Oct. 20 - Tucson, Ariz.

Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.   Tour stop: University of Arizona (Old Main)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
 Oct. 20, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.  Tour stop: Antigone Books (parking lot)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP

 

Oct. 23 - Albuquerque, N.M.

Oct. 23, 2 p.m.-
4 p.m.  
Tour stop: Albuquerque Sign Language Academy
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP

 

Oct. 25 - Odessa, Texas

Oct. 25, 11 a.m. - 
3 p.m.
Tour stop: University of Texas-Permian Basin, John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute, 4919 E. University Blvd.
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
   

Oct. 27 - Houston, Texas

Oct. 27, 12 p.m.- 4 p.m.   Tour stop: Midtown Park
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
    

 

Oct. 29-30 - New Orleans

Oct. 29, 2 p.m.-
6 p.m.
Tour stop: Congo Square in Louis Armstrong Park
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Oct. 30, 10 a.m.-
1 p.m.
Tour stop: Tulane University, McAlister Way on Tulane’s Uptown campus (from Freret Street to Drill Road)
  • Stop by, tell us what’s on your mind, and grab some swag. We look forward to seeing you!
  • RSVP
Oct. 30, 6 p.m. “Listen to America” Wrap Party, Marigny Opera House
  • Join HuffPost to celebrate the conclusion of our 25-city bus tour with music, conversation, live interviews, and more!
  • RSVP (limited seats available)
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