Reverend Al Sharpton and the National Action Network (NAN) will convene their annual national convention April 3-6 to address civil rights, religion, immigration and many other key social justice issues that impact African Americans and people of color.
The convention will take place at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers and is free and open to the public. NAN’s convention will bring together influential national leaders in the areas of civil rights, government, labor, religion, business, politics, media, and activism.
The four-day conference will highlight issues that include Supreme Court hearings on Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act, Affirmative Action, Marriage Equality, along with the issue of gun violence in black communities,
“I invite everyone to attend NAN’s 15th Annual National Convention and I intentionally make it free and open to the public (though you must register) so that everyday people can hear from the country’s leadership including United States Attorney General Eric Holder, The Education Secretary Arne Duncan and many others,” Sharpton told BlackAmericaWeb.com
Several other cabinet members from the Obama administration have confirmed, including, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack 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, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice President Kerry Kennedy, and many others.
Both families of Hadiyah Pendleton, the 15-year-old 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.