Black leaders, activists and organizers from around the country are meeting at Washington, D.C.’s Howard University this week for a State of the Black World Conference II, which is being billed as the first “Great Gathering of Black People” after the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Organized around the theme “State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities,” a primary goal of the Nov. 14-18 conference is to assess the impact of the election on the interests and aspirations of people of African descent.
“What demands, if any, should Black people make on his administration in the next four years (for) some of the critical needs of the Democratic Party’s most loyal and reliable constituency?” Asks Dr. Ron Daniels, president of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), the convener of the conference.
The organizers hope to adopt a Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities as a blueprint and action agenda to be implemented as outgrowth of the conference.
The conference will offer 100 participants help to hone the skills of “servant leaders” and organizers to do vital work in Black communities across the country.
The sessions will address joblessness, economic underdevelopment in the Black community, the epidemic of violence, mass incarceration, the assault on voting rights and the Black stake in immigration policy reform.
“We must leave the conference with a fighting spirit and renewed resolve to end the state of emergency in our communities,” said Dr. Daniels.
Moderators and panelists for the plenary sessions include: Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, New York; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Host of Our World Today with Black Enterprise, New York; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Washington, D.C.;
Dr. Mtanguizi Sanyika, African American Leadership Project, Houston, Texas; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator, B.E.T. and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Washington, D.C.; George Fraser, President, FraserNet, Cleveland, OH;
Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, founder, National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., and Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus, Los Angeles. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus, Brooklyn, NY, and Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network; Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM, and Bev Smith, Host, the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, SIRIUS/XM.
For further information contact Carolyn McClair 917.686.0854 or visit website www.ibw21.org