11.18.2008

Obama's Success Fuels State of the Black World Gathering in New Orleans



Minister Farrakhan to deliver closing keynote address

The mobilizing/organizing effort is in full gear for the State of the Black World Conference (SOBWC), November 19 - 23 in New Orleans at the Ernest Morial Convention Center and Astor Crown Plaza Hotel. Convened by the New York based Institute of the Black World 21st Century, under the leadership of veteran social and political activist Dr. Ron Daniels, SOBWC 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..

As hundreds of participants prepare to journey to New Orleans for the potentially milestone conference, organizers are buoyed by news that the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam and the visionary architect of the historic Million Man March and Day of Atonement, has agreed to attend the conference to accept the Institute of the Black World's Legacy Award and deliver the keynote address at the final session, The Call to Faith and Struggle, Sunday, November 23rd.

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,” says Dr. Ron 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.''

A broad cross-section of leaders from Black America are confirmed to participate in SOBWC including: Bev Smith, syndicated Talk Show Host on the American Urban Radio Networks; Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President of Bennett College; Marc Morial, President/CEO, National Urban League; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, President, National Rainbow/Push Coalition; Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Dean of the Congressional Black Caucus; Dr. Elsie Scott, President/CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation; Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Founder of the Voting Rights Museum in Selma, Alabama; Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine; Dr. E. Faye Williams, President, National Congress of Black Women; Dr. Iva Carruthers, General Secretary, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Conference; Makani Themba-Nixon, Executive Director, Praxis Project; Dr. Maulana Karenga, Creator of Kwanzaa and Professor of Africana Studies and Chairman of Black Studies at California State University at Long Beach; Haki Madhubuti, author, poet and Distinguished Professor, Chicago State University; Sonia Sanchez, internationally acclaimed author and poet; Dr. Ronald Walters, Professor of Government and Politics, University of Maryland; Charles Ogletree, Harvard Law Professor; James Clingman professor and empowerment activist, and, Danny Glover, actor and humanitarian.

▪ For further information contact Carolyn McClair: 917.686.0854
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