November 17, 2008
State of the Black World Conference will explore post-election agenda
Keynote Address by the Honorable
Minister Louis Farrakhan
to be carried live via webcast @ NOI.org/Webcast/
WASHINGTON (NNPA) - The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, of the Nation of Islam, has been confirmed as part of the lineup of speakers to address the first major gathering of Black leaders after the 2008 elections, according to Dr. Ron Daniels, the conference organizer.
“The State of the Black World Conference will be the first great gathering of Black people from the U.S. and the Black world after the election to develop a priority policy agenda to present to the new administration,” said Mr. Daniels, a veteran political and social activist. “As the visionary architect of the historic Million Man March, it is only fitting that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan give the climatic address at this milestone gathering of Black people.”
The conference will be held at New Orleans’ Ernest Morial Convention Ceter and Astor Crown Plaza Hotel Nov. 19-23. It comes on the heels of a historic election that not only registered millions of new Black voters, but inspired thousands to activism.
Mr. Daniels is hoping that excitement not cease after the election, but galvanize into action to hold the new president accountable.
“Participants will leave armed with a priority policy agenda on Black concerns to constructively engage and influence the next administration no matter who wins the White House,’’ Mr. Daniels said, before Barack Obama’s historic Nov. 4 win.
Min. Farrakhan is slated to give the final keynote address on Sunday, “The Call to Faith and Struggle,” said Mr. Daniels. “We are absolutely elated that Min. Farrakhan has agreed to return to New Orleans for this extraordinary gathering. His address will be a fitting climax to the State of the Black World Conference given his strong support for the process of building the Institute of the Black World over the years.”
Other confirmed speakers to appear at the conference include Bev
Smith, syndicated talk show host on the American Urban Radio Networks;
Rev. Al Sharpton, president of the National Action Network; Dr. Julianne
Malveaux, president of Bennett College; Marc Morial, president/CEO of
the National Urban League; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, president of the
National Rainbow/Push Coalition; Rep. John Conyers, Jr., dean of the
Congressional Black Caucus and chair of the House Judiciary Committee;
Dr. Elsie Scott, president/CEO of the Congressional Black Caucus
Foundation; Dr. Maulana Karenga, creator of Kwanzaa and professor of
Africana Studies and chairman of Black Studies at California State
University at Long Beach; Dr. Ronald Walters, professor of government
and politics at the University of Maryland; Charles Ogletree, Harvard
Law professor; and Danny Glover, actor and humanitarian.
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