National Action Network's 14th Annual Convention Kicks Off in D.C.
Sharpton’s civil rights group will hold event featuring many White House officials.
Does the fact that Trayvon Martin’s killer is still free sicken you? Do you want to scream whenever a Republican presidential candidate makes a crack about black people on food stamps? Then, don’t just sit at home and complain about it, take action.
The Rev. Al Sharpton’s civil rights organization, the National Action Network, will hold its 14th annual convention in Washington, D.C, from Wednesday to Saturday and wrap up April 18 in New York City with the Keepers of the Dream Award Gala. If you’re broke, no worries. The cost of the convention is free with registration.
It’s your chance to see the people who make headlines and the people who write them.
In addition to Sharpton, a number of officials in President Barack Obama’s administration will be there, including Attorney Gen. Eric Holder, Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.
Washington Post writers Nia-Malika Henderson and Dana Milbank will attend as well. Hardcore political junkies will no doubt jump at the chance to meet David Gregory, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press.” He and the Washington Post writers will take part in a panel called “The Impact of Race in Politics 2012.”
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Of course the conference isn’t just about who will show up but what will be discussed. Panel discussions about gun violence, immigration reform and romantic relationships will take place as well. What’s more, there will be networking events for young professionals and events on religion, healthcare, employment, real estate and politics, to name but a few.
And, no, the convention isn’t just focused on the African-American community. Representatives from a number of minority groups, including the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the National Council of La Raza, OneAmerica and the Arab American Institute will take part.