Top names from the worlds of politics, academia and the arts will fill the ranks of speakers and honorees at the National Urban League’s 2012 Annual Conference, July 25-28 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
President Barack Obama will honor us by delivering the opening address.
Each year, the National Urban League Annual Conference brings together the nation’s foremost policymakers, thought leaders and trendsetters, and 2012 is shaping up to be our best year ever. I’m especially proud that we’re bringing the conference to my hometown of New Orleans, which is such a center for innovation and civic leadership.
Legendary singer-songwriter, producer and activist, Stevie Wonder and Attorney General Eric Holder will receive the prestigious Living Legend, while “Queen of Funk” Chaka Khan and hip-hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh will headline the Conference Concert.
Among the other dignitaries set to attend are Ambassador Andrew Young and Congressman Cedric Richman. Activists and journalists include the Rev. Al Sharpton, Arthel Neville, Bevy Smith, Warren Ballentine and Kevin Powell. Also participating are actors Wendell Pierce and Kim Fields.
The Annual Conference is an opportunity to confront the challenges facing a changing America, and also to celebrate our diverse strengths and talents as a community. I can’t wait to welcome the entire Urban League community and friends to New Orleans this summer.