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Black Male Commission Convenes Town Hall Meeting at National Urban League Conference; Hillary Clinton, Danny Davis to Participate

Mon Jul 18,11:01 AM ET

The Honorable Hillary Clinton, U.S. Senator, New York and the Honorable Danny Davis, U.S. Representative 7th Congressional District, Illinois and Kevin Powell, author, hip hop historian will participate in a plenary session dealing with the plight of the Black Male, Marc H. Morial, National Urban League announced today.

The plenary session titled; The Black Male: Endangered Species or Hope for the Future will be held at 2:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 28 as part of the National Urban League Annual Conference, which takes places July 27th - 31st at the Washington Convention Center. The Honorable Rodney Slater, former Cabinet Secretary and Partner, Patton Boggs will preside.

The Black Male Commission is charged with exploring and formulating concrete recommendations and solutions to address the alarming inequities, disparities and social trends disproportionately affecting Black males. It was also created to influence policies, practices and programs aimed at ensuring Black males are empowered, prepared and equip to participate in the social, political and economic mainstream of America. The Town Hall meeting is a part of the National Urban League's commitment to establish a Commission on the Black Male: Renewal, Revival, and Resurrection.

The Town Hall meetings are typically held at a major university, college or a mega-church in an urban center design to address the local and national needs of Black men in America. In the past year the National Urban League has hosted town hall meetings or planning sessions on the campus of Morehouse College (Atlanta), COBO Hall (Detroit), the Shelby County Department of Corrections (Memphis) and Washington, D.C.

Highlights of the 2005 conference include a wellness walk, empowerment exhibits, strategic vision sessions and activities targeted to young professionals between the ages of 21 to 40 as part of a special agenda called the Influencer Summit, designed to recognize and empower the emerging leaders of the future.

In addition, strategic forums will address diversity, closing the achievement gap, sports panels, international affairs, small business development, health roundtable, community policing, civil rights and civic engagement, homeownership, franchise ownership, education and black mayors.

Admission to the Empowerment Exhibits Zones is free. The empowerment exhibits zones will feature an employment, health, technology, homeownership and fun zones. This year's employment zone will feature the participation of more than 100 Fortune 500 and high-tech companies, as well as non-profit and government agencies with both local and national job opportunities. Job seekers can have face-to-face discussions and interviews with recruiters.

More information about the National Urban League's 2005 Annual Conference registration, exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities is available on the League's website at http://www.nul.org or by calling (800-263-9926).


National Urban League (http://www.nul.org) Established in 1910, The Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream. Today, the National Urban League, headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non- partisan efforts of its local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban League located in 35 states and the District of Columbia providing direct services to more than 2 million people nationwide through programs, advocacy and research.

Contact: Ricky Clemons of the National Urban League, 212-558-5371 or rclemons@nul.org

© 2005 U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770

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