Obama and Sharpton at National Action Network’s 2011 annual convention (AP photo)
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to also attend
Activist Rev. Al Sharpton recently announced that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network's 16th annual national convention April 9-12 at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York, NY. US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will also attend.
“This will be the largest civil rights convening of the year bringing our nation's top activists, political strategists and leading academia together to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda,” said a spokesperson for NAN.
“On the heels of thousands joining NAN in Tallahassee, FL for a 'stand your ground' rally, participants will address additional key policy issues such as jobs, voter ID and immigration; which will be key in this midterm election year…”
Participants include: US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; US Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray; MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews, Joy-Ann Reid and Krystal Ball; talk show host Wendy Williams, the parents of Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis; parents of Sandy Hook shooting victim Ana Marquez-Greene; Harvard University Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree; NBC News legal analyst and author Lisa Bloom; William H. "Billy" Murphy Jr., Esq.; Essence Magazine notables Michelle Ebanks and Susan Taylor; Viacom's Marva Smalls; The Nation's Katrina vanden Heuvel; actor Malik Yoba; and members of Congress. Executives from corporations such as: Bank of America, Macy's, McDonald's, CVS, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Time Warner and Nielsen will also be joining various panels. Real-estate developer Bruce Ratner will address a special plenary discussing his support of minimum wage.
On Saturday, April 12, Sharpton will host the annual leadership forum entitled: "Measuring the Movement: 50 Years After President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty,” Saturday April 12. Participants will include: The leadership of the National Action Network, Lorraine C. Miller of NAACP, Sherrilyn Ifill from NAACP LDF, Marc Morial from National Urban League, Melanie Campbell from NCBCP and a special youth panel. The convention will also feature the annual Keepers of the Dream Awards on Wednesday, April 9 the Women's Power Breakfast on Thursday, April 10 and the Minister's Breakfast on Friday, April 11.The convention will is free and open to the public with select-ticketed events.