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Release Date: Friday, May 24, 2013 4:00 PM
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Howard University to Host State of the Black World Conference III
Sessions on Black Family, Community Empowerment and African Diaspora Scheduled

WASHINGTON (November 9, 2012) -- Howard University will host the State of the Black World Conference III, Nov. 14-18. The theme of the annual conference is “State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities.”

The event will give participants the opportunity to network, seek spiritual/cultural inspiration and  learn about strategies for action.

The Conference will begin November 14 with the launch of the Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute in the Blackburn Center, which is designed to hone the skills of "servant leaders and organizers to do vital work in Black communities across the country." The Institute will be limited to 100 participants. The first public event of the Conference will be a high profile National Town Hall Meeting, Nov. 15 ,7:00 - 9:30 p.m. at Cramton Auditorium. Some of Black America's most influential leaders will assess The Impact of the 2012 Election on the State of Emergency in Black America. Joblessness, economic underdevelopment in the Black community, the epidemic of violence and fratricide plaguing many distressed Black communities, mass incarceration' the assault on voting rights, and the Black stake in immigration policy reform are among the issues expected to be discussed at the Town Hall Meeting.

Susan Taylor, former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, New York; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Host of Our World Today with Black Enterprise, New York; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Washington, DC; Dr. Mtangulizi Sanyika, African American Leadership Project,

Houston, TX; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator, B.E.T. and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Washington, DC; George Fraser, President, FraserNet, the largest network of Black professionals in the world, Cleveland, OH; Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Founder, National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, DC, and Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus, Los Angeles, CA, are the confirmed panelists. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus, Brooklyn, NY, and Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network have also been invited to join the Panel. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM, and Bev Smith, Host of the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, SIRIUS/XM will serve as moderators.

The event is dedicated to the memory of political activist, prolific author and media commentator Ronald W. Walters. A Howard professor for 25 years, Walters died in September 2010. The conference this year will mark the launch of the Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute.

The conference will feature the Black Family Summit, a series of panels focused on advancing African-centered programs and policies, which promote the healing and strengthening families and communities. The conference will also present the Pan African Policy Forum that will focus on the status of democracy and development in Africa. Other sessions will center on the criminal justice system, economic and community development, culture, religion and spirituality.

For conference details and registration information, visit here.

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact Carolyn McClair (917) 686- 0854.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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