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VOL 3. NO. 28 Monday, July 23 - Sunday, July 29, 2001
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Urban League Convention to Focus on Economic & Social Equality

Hugh Price, courtesy photo

Hugh Price, president of The Urban League, the nation's oldest and largest community-based group devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream, announced that President George W. Bush and Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan are among the political dignitaries who will address the National Urban League's 2001 annual conference. President Bush will speak on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 9 a.m. while Secretary-General Annan makes his presentation on Monday, July 30, at 11 a.m. Scheduled for July 28 through August 1 at the Washington Convention Center, the theme for this year's conference is "The Opportunity Agenda: Achieving Economic and Social Equality in the New Millennium."

Conference activities include a free career fair featuring the participation of more than 70 Fortune 500 and high-tech companies, as well as non-profit and government agencies. Also open to the public at no cost are an exhibits hall, a health fair and an African-American marketplace.

Another conference highlight will be a tribute to the late Sony Music Entertainment Corporation executive H. LeBaron Taylor, featuring performances by LeVert, Nancy Wilson, Jeff Majors, and The O'Jays, on July 30.

The National Urban League Young Professionals (NULYP), which is comprised of more than 35 Urban League Young Professionals chapters around the country, will also hold special events, including a two-day leadership development seminar called The Training Ground. Confirmed participants include Jesse Jackson, Jr., Harvard University's Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and National Urban League president Hugh Price.

Conference Agenda
Friday, July 27
8:30 AM - 9:00 AMWelcomeSpeakers: Hugh Price, President National Urban League and Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Director W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research Harvard University
9:00 AM - 12 Noon"Lessons From The Past: Examining Leadership Through A Historical Lens"Moderator: The Honorable Jesse Jackson, Jr., Congressman from Illinois
Reflections on Slavery to the Great Migration -- Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

The Second Great Migration to the Civil Rights Movement -- Dr. Manning Marable, Director of the Institute for Research in African-American Studies Columbia University

The Role of the Black Church in Civic Engagement -- Dr. Preston Williams, Houghton Professor of Theology and Contemporary Change Harvard Divinity School

The Role of African American Women in Leadership -- Dr. Evelyn Higginbotham, Professor of History and Afro-American Studies Harvard University
12 Noon - 1:30 PMLunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM"A Call To Action: Contemporary Challenges For Emerging Leaders"Moderator: Ed Gordon, Host BET News
The Challenge of the Traditional Black Family -- Dr. Robert Hill, Senior Researcher Westat

The State of Black Education -- Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Professor Emory University

The Importance of Place: Urban Ghettos in Black America -- Dr. John H. Jackson

The Economic Opportunity -- Hugh B. Price
Saturday, July 28
9:00 AM - 12 Noon"Mobilization Imperatives: Directives & Ideas for Implementing the Vision - Part I" Moderator: Yvonne Scruggs-Leftwich, Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer Black Leadership Forum
Top 5 Social Policy Issues to Watch -- Dr. Ron Walters, Director African American Leadership Institute Burns Academy of Leadership, University of Maryland

The "Ideal" Role of Government for the Black Community -- The Honorable Alexis M. Herman, Former Secretary of Labor

Effective Grassroots Community Strategies for Coalition Building -- Dr. J. Philip Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University

Innovative Approaches to Community Building -- Reverend Mark V. Scott, Associate Director, Community Outreach, Office of Faith-Based & Community Initiatives
12 Noon - 1:00 PMLunch
12 Noon - 5:00 PMCareer Fair & Exhibit Showcase
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM"Mobilization Imperatives: Directives & Ideas For Implementing The Vision - Part II"Moderator: Debbi Jarvis, News Anchor NBC4 - Washington, DC
Becoming a Catalyst for Community Mobilization and a Results-Orientated Leader -- Benjamin Todd Jealous, Executive Director, National Newspapers Publishers Association (The Black Press of America)

Become an Effective Political Leader -- The Honorable Alicia Reece, Councilwoman City of Cincinnati

Become a Corporate Community Activist -- Stacey H. Davis, president & CEO, Fannie Mae Foundation
4:00 PM - 5:00 PMClosingDr. H. Patrick Swygert, President Howard University
8:00 PM UntilYoung Professionals' Gala - A Masquerade Ball at Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Sunday, July 29
9:00 AM - 11:00 AMFamily SessionMinister: The Rev. Kirbyjohn Caldwell, Pastor, Windsor Village United Methodist Church, Houston, TX
11:00 AM - 5:00PMCareer Fair & Exhibit Showcase
12:30 PM - 2:30PMNational Council Of Urban League Guilds LuncheonSpeaker: The Honorable Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congressional Representative, The District of Columbia with the Women of the Congressional Black Caucus
6:00 PM - 8:00PMKeynote SessionSpeaker, Hugh B. Price
Monday, July 30
7:30 AM - 8:45 AMThe Nul Power BreakfastSpeaker: Cal Darden, Senior Vice President Operations, United Parcel Service
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMPlenary Session: Federal Priorities for a New DecadeSpeaker: The Hon. Tom Daschle, Senate Majority Leader
11:00 AM - 12:00NoonPlenary SessionSpeaker: His Excellency Kofi Annan, Secretary General of the United Nations
12:30 PM - 2:30PMFederal And State Resources Luncheon Speaker: The Honorable Elaine Chao, U.S. Secretary of Labor
3:00 PM - 5:00PM Plenary Session: Federal Priorities, The Urban League AgendaSpeakers: The Honorable Charles Rangel, U.S. Congress, The Honorable Paul Wellstone (D-MN) U.S. Senate, Marian Wright Edelman, President, Children's Defense Fund, Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Urban League Presidents/CEOs (Beneta Burt, Greater Jackson; Margo Clarke, Greater Richmond; Dr. Shirl Gilbert, Tacoma; Sam Gresham, Columbus Urban League)
5:30 PM - 7:45PMYoung Professionals Dialogue And Reception - We've Come too Far: The Future of Black AmericaPresiding: Kevin Hooks, General Manager, Urban Entertainment

Moderator: Tamala Edwards, Senior Writer/Political Analyst, Time Inc.
Karla Ballard, President, National Urban League Young Professionals

Farai Chideya, Political Analyst

Keith Clinkscale, Chairman, Vanguarde Media & Publisher, Savoy magazine

Althea Dorey, Diversity Specialist, Pitney Bowes

The Honorable Harold Ford, Jr., Congressman for Tennessee

The Reverend Markel Hutchins, National President & CEO, National Youth Connections

Ernest Drew Jarvis, CB Richard Ellis, and President, Washington, DC-based Metropolitan Access

Queen Latifah, President, Flavor Unit Entertainment.
6:30 PM - 7:30PM Gala Party
8:00 PM - 10:00PMGala Benefit Concert Tribute to H. LeBaron TaylorArtists: LeVert, Nancy Wilson, Jeff Majors, The O'Jays
Tuesday, July 31
9:00 AM - 10:30 AMPlenary Session: A Call To Arms On Early LiteracySpeakers: The Honorable Roderick B. Paige, U.S. Secretary of Education, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson, Ida B. Wells-Barnett Professor and Professor of Religious Studies, DePaul University
10:45 AM-12:15 PMSpecial Session - World Conference Against RacismModerator: Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Economist, Writer and Syndicated Columnist

Speaker: Robert Asprilla, Publisher & CEO Moro, The Honorable Cynthia McKinney, D-Georgia, 4th District, U.S. House of Representatives, Randal Robinson, President, Trans Africa
10:45 AM - 12:15PMConcurrent Workshops
FORUM IFaith-based Initiatives: The Challenges and the Opportunities Moderator Mark C. Alexander, Associate Professor of Law, Seaton Hall University School of Law South Orange, NJ
Panelists: The Right Reverend John Hurst Adams, Bishop African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Right Reverend Cecil Bishop, Bishop African Methodist Episcopal Church

The Honorable Bobby Scott, D-Virginia, 4th District, U.S. House of Representatives
FORUM IIMaking Our Voices Heard Through Coalition-BuildingModerator: The Honorable James E. Clyburn, D-South Carolina, 6th District, U.S. House of Representatives
Panelists: Bernie Campbell, Director of Constituencies and Outreach Campaign to Leave No Child Behind Children's Defense Fund

Melanie L. Campbell, Executive Director, National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, Inc.

Stuart P. Campbell, Executive Director Coalition on Human Needs

Betty R. Weiss, Executive Director, National Neighborhood Coalition
FORUM III Homeownership: The Role of CreditModerator: Dwight P. Robinson, Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Freddie Mac
Panelists: Dr. Sheila Ards, Vice President, Division of Community Development and Director Center of Excellence for Community Development Benedict College, Columbia, SC

Karen V. Hill, Chief Executive Officer, American Homeowner Education and Counseling Institute

Susan Retzky, Vice President, Community Development Manager Bank of America
FORUM IVAfrican Americans and the Multimedia EnvironmentModerator: Bill Stephney, Former National Urban League Trustee, President, StepSun Media
Panelists:David Honig, Executive Director, Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC)

Martin C. Jones, General Manager, New Millennium Studios

Dr. Cedric Daniel Paige, Dean of Faculty, Digipen

Folami Prescott-Adams, Marketing Manager, CNN Student Bureau At Turner Learning, Inc.

John C. White, Communications Director, NAACP
FORUM VUsing Technology for Community EmpowermentModerator: Dee Anne Safford, Senior Marketing Manager, Government Business Group, Dell Computer Corporation
Panelists:Darien C. Dash, National Urban League Trustee, Chairman and CEO DME Interactive Holdings, Inc.

Jennifer Federico, Community Programs Manager, Denver Public Schools K-12 Program An Earn & Learn Program

Herman L. Lessard, Jr., President and CEO, Austin Area Urban League

Archie Prioleau, President and Founder, Foundation for Educational Innovation Founder, DC Link & Learn
FORUM VIBlacks in Corporate America: The Next FrontierModerator: Ernest Jolly, Executive Director, Executive Leadership Council
Panelists: Jerome Adams, General Manager, Corporate Services, Shell Oil Company

Marilyn M. (Penny) Joseph, General Manager Panasonic/Matsushita Electric Corporation of America

Dr. Westina Matthews Shatteen, Senior Vice President and CRA Officer, Merrill Lynch & Co.
FORUM VIIRead and Rise: Preparing our Children for a Lifetime of SuccessModerator: Eleanor V. Horne, National Urban League Trustee, Vice President and Corporation Secretary Educational Testing Service
Panelists:Paula Young Shelton, National Black Child Development Institute

Karen M. Proctor, Director of Community Affairs & Government Relations, Scholastic, Inc.

Ruth Johnson Wilson, Founding and Former President, District of Columbia Reading Council/Council of the International Reading Association
FORUM VIIIFoundation Giving in the 21st CenturyModerator: Antoinette M. Malveaux, President and CEO National Black MBA Association, Inc.
Panelists:Maxine B. Baker, Vice President, Community Relations and President and CEO Freddie Mac Foundation

Evern Cooper, Vice President, Corporate Relations United Parcel Service and Executive Director UPS Foundation

Stacy H. Davis, President and CEO Fannie Mae Foundation

Esther Silver Parker, President, AT&T Foundation
FORUM IXJob Training: Are Current Programs Meeting the Needs of Minority Communities?Moderator: Dr. A. V. Fleming, President and Chief Executive Office, Ft. Wayne Urban League
Panelists: Marge Baker, Majority Staff Director, Subcommittee on Employment, Safety, and Training U.S. Senate

Mark H. Greenberg, Senior Staff Attorney, Family Policy Center for Law & Social Policy

Ray Uhalde, Deputy Assistant Secretary Employment and Training Administration U.S. Department of Labor
12:30PM - 2:30PMBusiness And Labor Luncheon Speaker: Edward B. Rust, Jr., Chairman of the Board & CEO, State Farm Insurance Companies
3:00PM - 4:30PM Plenary Session: Strategic Partnerships for Social ChangeModerator: The Honorable Rodney Ellis, Texas State Senator
SpeakersJames T. Vanderslice, NUL Trustee, Vice Chairman, Dell Computer Corporation

The Honorable Eddie Bernice Johnson, U.S. Representative

Stephanie Bell-Rose, NUL Trustee, President, Goldman Sachs Foundation
3:00PM - 4:30PM Plenary Session -- The Mt. Vernon Public School Success ModelModerator: Eleanor V. Horne, NUL Trustee, Vice President and Corporation Secretary, Educational Testing Service
Speakers:Ron Ross, Superintendent, Mt. Vernon City School District

Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, NUL Trustee, Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Mt. Vernon, NY
Wednesday, August 1
9:00 AM - 10:00 AMPlenary SessionSpeaker: The Hon. George W. Bush, President of the United States of America
10:45 AM - 12:45PMPlenary Session -- Is the Black Vote Up For Grabs?Moderator: Jack E. White, Columnist & National Correspondent, TIME Magazine, Washington Bureau
Speakers: Donna Brazile, Former Campaign Manager, Gore for President

The Honorable Sheila Jackson-Lee, US Congress

The Hon. Joe Rogers, Lt. Governor, State of Colorado

The Honorable Ken Blackwell, Secretary of State for Ohio

Kweisi Mfume, President, NAACP

The Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
7:30PM - 10:00PMWhitney M. Young, Jr. Conference Dinner And After Party
Guest Speaker: Franklin Raines, Chairman & CEO, Fannie Mae

Whitney M. Young, Jr. Race Relations Award Presentation

Legend and Future Leader Awards

Mary Frances Berry, Commissioner, Civil Rights Commission

The Honorable Bill Clay, Former Congressional Representative

The Honorable Lacy Clay, U.S. Representative

Maudine Cooper, President, Greater Washington Urban League

Maurice Anthony Ross, Associate Judge, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
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