(New York, NY)–In light of the recent Supreme Court hearings on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action, Marriage Equality, and the pending Trayvon Martin trial; Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network have called an emergency conclave of civil rights, religious, immigration, and gay and lesbian activists. These leaders will join government and elected officials for an emergency conclave at its 15th annual convention to discuss strategies on what can be done to sustain these rights and movements regardless of what the court’s decisions may be. The conclave will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers from April 3-6. The convention is free and open to the public.
Several Cabinet Members from the Obama Administration have confirmed to attend as well as leading members of Congress and activists such as Martin Luther King, III, National Urban League President Marc Morial, NAACP President Ben Jealous, League of Latin American Citizen President Margaret Moran, and many others. Both the family of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-yearold who was fatally shot a week after performing with her high school band at the Inauguration of President Barack Obama, and the family of Trayvon Martin will be in attendance.
There will be a special televised forum at the end of the convention entitled “Measuring the Movement” hosted by Reverend Sharpton, that will feature many of the aforementioned civil rights leaders and a review by some of the legends of the civil rights movement regarding the progress made and mistakes made in the fifty years since the “March in Washington.” The Legends Panel includes civil rights icons Rev. Joseph Lowery, Otis Moss, Jr. and Reverend Jesse Jackson Sr. among others.
Forty-five years after Dr. King’s assassination and fifty years after the March on Washington; the convention will bring together influential national leaders in the areas of civil rights, government, labor, religion, business, politics, media, and activism to assess where we are today. Some of the topics that will be addressed at the 2013 NAN national convention include civil rights, education, gun-violence, immigration, jobs, healthcare, women’s rights and much more.
Among the highlights will include special plenary sessions featuring Presidential cabinet members, panels and discussions on key national issues, and the annual “Keepers of the Dream Awards” on Thursday, April 4, forty five years to the day that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis.
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