National Action Network Convention Kicks Off Today

Today marks the start of the National Action Network Convention. This year’s convention–held 50 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr–will bring together activists, thought leaders, politicians and clergy, to lay out tangible steps that we can take to keep Dr. King’s legacy alive.

The convention officially begins with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a plenary address by former US Attorney General Eric Holder. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Letitia James will be on hand to deliver remarks at the NAN 2018 Convention. The opening ceremony starts at 9:00 AM.

From April 18- April 21, thousands will gather at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel (811 7th Avenue- 53rd Street, New York, NY) to outline a robust civil rights agenda in the age of Trump.

Some of the confirmed speakers include: U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Bernie Sanders and Tim Scott; former Attorney General Eric Holder; New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy; Rapper, actor and activist Common and author Susan Taylor.

On Wednesday April 18 (2PM), NYC First Lady McCray will deliver remarks at the National Action Network 2018 Convention introducing a panel discussion on mental health, “Sharing Our Stories: Mental Health and Blacks in NYC.”

On Thursday, April 18th National Action Network will also host the Women’s Empowerment and Networking luncheon, co-chaired by Michelle Ebanks, President of Essence Communications, Inc. and Tanya Lombard, Head of Multicultural Engagement and Strategic Alliances for AT&T. Designed to empower women who effect positive civic change in their communities, the luncheon will be hosted by Angela T. Rye, Principal and CEO, Impact Strategies and Political Commentator, CNN.

This year’s honorees span the technology, media, and political sectors, but are rooted in and centered around activism. The honorees will discuss how their commitment to justice and equity is displayed in both their professional and personal endeavors. Honorees include: BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Founder and Executive Director, Beverly Bonds, Google’s Global Head of Women & African American Outreach, Valeisha-Butterfield Jones, CBS correspondent, Michelle Miller, AT&T’s Director of Federal Public Affairs, Yvette Pugh, CNN correspondent, Symone Sanders, host of BEVELATIONS, SiriusXM and Page Six TV Contributor, Bevy Smith, and Revolt’s SVP, Affiliate & Consumer Marketing, Angela Turn.

See the entire schedule here:

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