PRESIDENT OBAMA TO HEADLINE NAN’S 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9-12, 2014
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA TO HEADLINE THE NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) 16TH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONVENTION APRIL 9–12, 2014
NAN CONVENTION TO BE LARGEST GATHERING OF ACTIVISTS THIS YEAR
ALSO PRESENTING WILL BE US ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER, NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO, AND NYC MAYOR BILL de BLASIO
New York, NY –Rev. Al Sharpton announces that President Barack Obama will address National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention being held April 9-12, 2014. Also confirmed are US Attorney General Eric Holder, Obama administration cabinet members; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. 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. 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.
Confirmed 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; Wendy Williams “queen of all media”; 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; leading members of Congress and many more. 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. Mega real-estate developer Bruce Ratner will address a special plenary discussing his support of minimum wage.
The convention will convene its annual leadership forum entitled: “Measuring the Movement: 50 Years After President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty”. The forum will be hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton on Saturday, April 12th, from 9:00 a.m-12:00 p.m. 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 9th, the Women’s Power Breakfast on Thursday, April 10th and the Minister’s Breakfast on Friday, April 11th.
The convention will be held at the Sheraton Times Square Hotel in New York, NY and is free and open to the public with select-ticketed events. Attendees can register and view a full schedule at: http://nationalactionnetwork.net/.