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National Conference of Black Mayors Continues

The 35th Annual National Conference of Black Mayors convened Wednesday in Las Vegas. In honor of the conference,WNYC put together this roundtable of black mayors to talk about issues they're facing during these tough economic times. Participating are Mayor John Marks of Tallahasse, Fla., Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden of Baton Rouge, La., and Mayor Sheila Dixon of Baltimore. 

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Thursday,       October 22

Human Rights Day

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Toast & Topics Breakfast

Clean, Accessible Water: Essential to the Quality of Life

Sponsored by United Water

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Human Rights Plenary:

A New Era of Civil Rights: Broadband, Housing and The Census

Rainbow PUSH Coalition Founder Jesse Jackson

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack (video message)

USDA Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Joe Leonard

NAACP President & CEO Benjamin Jealous

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Social Justice General Session:

No Longer Separate, Still Unequal: The Implications of Reverse Redlining on Affordable Housing

NAACP Vice President, Advocacy and Research Monique Morris

NID-CHA Executive Director Jacqueline Carlisle

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Fannie Lou Hamer Luncheon

The Legacy of The Big Six: The Movement for Social Justice in the Millennium


U.S. Representative John Lewis, only surviving ‘Big Six’ Leader

1963-1966: Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee Chairman

Dr. Dorothy Height, NCNW Chair and President Emerita

1960 United Civil Rights Leadership Woman Team Member with ‘The Big Six’

Reverend Joseph Lowery, Coalition for The People’s Agenda Convener

1957: Co-Founder of Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Reverend Samuel “Billy” Kyles, Monumental Baptist Church, Memphis, Tenn.

1959-Present: Pastor

Reverend Jesse Jackson, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition Founder and President

1965-1971: SCLC Operation Breadbasket Director

Reverend Al Sharpton, National Action Network President and Founder

1967-1971: SCLC Operation Breadbasket New York Youth Director

Benjamin Jealous, NAACP President and CEO

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Working Session:

A Successful 2010 Census and Its Value To Our Communities

Nat’l Coalition on Black Civic Participation Executive Director Melanie Campbell

Nat’l Organization of Black County Officials Executive Director Linda Haithcox

US Census Bureau Deputy Director Tom Mesenbourg

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Working Session (tentative)

From The Little Rock Nine to 2009: How To Take Advantage of Educational Opportunities Today

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Working Session:

Local Implementation of Broadband Funding: We Are At The Table, Now What?

CTIA Senior Vice President Dane Snowden

Southeast Verizon Michelle Robinson

Innovation Generation

7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Welcome Reception

Hosted by: NCBM Maryland State Chapter and Maryland Nigerian Delegation



Friday, October 23

Green Economic Development Day

7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Eggs & Issues Breakfast

NCBM Business Council Roundtable

(Business Council Members and NCBM Member Mayors only)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Green Economy Plenary:

Harmonizing Economic, Environmental and Social Enterprises

US EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Green Economy General Session:

The Future of Energy and Conservation Policy: What Is Best for African American Communities?

Emerging Issues Policy Forum invited panelists:

Edison Electric Institute Executive Vice President David Owens

Empower Consumer National Spokesman Darryl Bassett

Working People for Fair Energy Founder Charles Steele

EPA Clean Air Program

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

President’s Luncheon


Mistress of Ceremonies:

National Conference of Black Mayors President Mayor Heather Hudson

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Working Session:

Building Synergies Between Minority Banks and Cities for Successful Solutions

National Banking Association President Michael Grant

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Working Session:

The DOT-HUD-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Making It Work For Your Municipality

US EPA Smart Growth Program Senior Policy Analyst Lynn Richards

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Closing Session:

Succeeding in Tough Economic Times: The Power and Importance of the Relationships in Our Lives

FraserNet Founder George Fraser

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Dessert Reception

9:00 PM - UNTIL

Vegas Night Out


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