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Monday, February 18, 2008

State of The Black Union 2008

Posted on Mon, Feb 18, 2008 at 4:52 PM

 by Sam Winston

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The event to take place in New Orleans this weekend has gotten the most attention recently because of the tiff between host Tavis Smiley and Barack Obama over whether or not Obama should attend. The backlash on Smiley's rejection of Obama's offer to send his wife Michelle in his place while he campaigns in Ohio and Texas reflects another one of the inner-tensions in the black community and among its leaders over Obama's bid for the presidency.

Smiley's problems started early this month after he invited Obama to speak at the State of the Black Union, an event Smiley founded nine years ago. Held annually during Black History Month and broadcast by C-Span, the event gathers a Who's Who of black intellectuals, pundits, activists, entertainers and politicians to discuss and brainstorm about where black America is and where it is headed. This year's topic is "Reclaiming Our Democracy, Deciding Our Future."

Below the fold are a list of people that will be speaking at the event, including several Louisiana and New Orleans figures.

Dr. C.S. Gordon, Jr.

Mayor Ray Nagin

Norman Francis

Michael Eric Dyson

Pastor Melvin Jones

Arlene Holt Baker

Darron Boyce

Cornel West

Susan E. Rice

Eddie Glaude

Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton

Naomi Churchill Earp

Rev. Al Sharpton

Bishop Paul S. Morton

Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu

State Sen. Cleo Fields

Mayor Cory Booker

Nicole C. Lee

Herreast Harrison

Robert Franklin

Dillard student leader*

Donna Brazile

Bishop T.D. Jakes*

Angela Glover Blackwell

Marc Morial

Michael Steele

Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr


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