National Action Network -- Convention: Day One

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HILLARY CLINTON, CABINET SECRETARIES, MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO, LEADING PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN STRATEGISTS HEADLINE DAY ONE OF NAN 25th ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL CONVENTION

Democratic Presidential Candidate Secretary Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro, Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, and Mayor Bill de Blasio will headline the first day of the 25th annual National Action Network convention at the Sheraton Hotel (811 7th Avenue, New York, NY 10019) in New York.

First day highlights:

Reverend Al Sharpton, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, and other distinguished elected officials will kick-off the convention with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m.

Immediately preceding Secretary Clinton’s address will be a 2016 election panel featuring John Podesta of the 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and Tad Devine, Senior Adviser, Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign. Secretary Clinton’s special Plenary Address is scheduled for 12:00 p.m.

At 2:15 p.m., the First Lady of New York City Chirlane McCray will deliver remarks on mental health in the African-American community.

The rest of the day will include panels on the 2016 elections, civil rights and policing, mental health in the African-American community, and the important roles of women and youth in the civil rights movement.

9:30am -10:00am       Silver Anniversary National Action Network Ribbon Cutting with Rev. Al Sharpton, Chairman Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, National Action Network Leadership & Elected Officials – Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd floor

Other dignitaries include: Mayor Bill de Blasio, State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark Viverito, City Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Letitia James, and other distinguished elected officials.

10:00am -10:15am     Plenary Session- The Honorable Julian Castro, Secretary, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development - Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd floor

10:15am -10:30am     Plenary Session- The Honorable Thomas Perez, Secretary, United States

Department of Labor Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd floor

10:30am-12:00pm      2016: A Transitional Election Year with Much at Stake – Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd floor

Opening Remarks:

David Plouffe, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy, Uber

Moderator:

Rev. Al Sharpton, President & Founder, National Action Network

Panelists:

Armstrong Williams, Founder and CEO, Graham Williams GroupJohn Podesta, Chairman, 2016 Hillary Clinton Presidential CampaignAngela Rye, CEO, IMPACT StrategiesCornell Belcher, President, Brilliant Corners Research & StrategiesReverend Omarosa Manigault, Assistant Pastor, Weller Street Missionary Baptist ChurchLawrence O’Donnell, Host, MSNBC’s The Last Word with Lawrence O’DonnellApril Ryan, White House Correspondent, American Urban Radio NetworkTad Devine, Senior Advisor, Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign

12:00pm- 12:45pm     Plenary Session- The Honorable Hillary Clinton, 2016 Presidential Candidate – Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd Floor 12:45pm-2:15pm        25 Years In Pursuit of Justice: Making Rights from Wrongs – Metropolitan East Ballroom 2nd Floor

Moderator:

Ben Crump, Partner, Parks & Crump Attorneys At Law, LLC

Panelists:

Kadiatou Diallo, Mother of Amadou DialloGwen Carr, Mother of Eric GarnerWilliam Bell, Father of Sean BellValerie Bell, Mother of Sean BellEsaw Snipes, Widow of Eric GarnerBilly Murphy, Founder and Senior Partner, Murphy, Falcon & MurphySybrina Fulton, Mother of Trayvon Martin and Founder, The Trayvon Martin FoundationConstance Malcolm, Mother of Ramarley Graham

2:15pm -3:45pm         I Don’t Need to See a Doctor: Mental Health in the African-American Community - Metropolitan West Ballroom 2ndFloor

Remarks:

The Honorable Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City

Moderator:

Sidney Hankerson, Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons and the NYS Psychiatric Institute.Dr. Regine Bruny-Oliwaye, Medical Director of the NYC Mental Health CorpsRev. Michael Walrond, Senior Pastor of First Corinthian Baptist ChurchKenyatta Reid, Senior Director of School Culture and Climate for NYC's Department of Education's Office of Safety and Youth Development

1:00pm -3:00pm         Women’s Power Lunch (Tickets Required) – Empire East Ballroom 2nd Floor

Co-Chair:

Paula Peebles, Chair, National Action Network Pennsylvania Chapters

Host:

Sherri Shepherd, Talk Show Host, Comedian, and Actress

Speaker:

Samantha Granberry, Senior Director, Marketing and Sales, AIDS Healthcare FoundationKirstyn Doar-Page, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion Strategies, Macy’sThe Honorable Alicia Reece, Member, Ohio State House of Representatives, National Board of Directors, National Action Network

 

Honorees:

Juanita Abernathy, Civil Rights Icon ChristinaLewis Halpern, Founder & Director, AllStarCodeMichelle Gadsden-Williams, Co-Founder & COO, Ceiling BreakersSarah Hunt, Middle Georgia Chapter, National Action NetworkDonna Lieberman, Executive Director, New York City Civil Liberties UnionThe Honorable Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York CityJoy-Ann Reid, National Correspondent, MSNBC

3:15pm-4:30pm          Women of the Movement Then and Now – Empire West Ballroom 2nd floor

Moderator:

Dominique Sharpton, National Director of Membership, National Action Network and Board President, Education for a Better America

Panelists:

Juanita Abernathy, Civil Rights IconDonalizeh Abernathy, Civil Rights ActivistAshley Sharpton, Founder and Director, National Action Network Youth Huddle, Founder & President, Sharpton Entertainment, LLCMary-Pat Hector, National Director, Youth Move, National Action NetworkPaula Peebles, Chair, National Action Network Pennsylvania ChaptersDr. Hazel N. Dukes, President, NAACP New York State ConferenceThe Honorable Alicia Reece, Member, Ohio State House of Representatives, National Board Member, National Action NetworkRosyln M. Brock, Chair, Board of Directors, NAACP Brandy Shields, Activist

3:30pm-7:30pm          NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK Youth Hackathon – Central Park West 2nd Floor

4:45pm-6:15pm          Corporate Investment in Communities of Color in a Post-Obama Era – Empire West Ballroom 2nd Floor

Opening Remarks:

Tony West, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo

Moderator:

Tony West, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, PepsiCo

Panelists:

David Cohen, Sr. Executive Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer, ComcastDesirée Glapion Rogers, CEO, Johnson Publishing CompanySuzanne Shank, Founder & Co-Owner, Siebert Brandford Shank & Co.Don Peebles, Founder, Chairman and CEO, Peebles CorporationTanya Lombard, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs, AT&T

7:00pm - 9:00pm        Truth to Power Revival – Empire Ballroom West 2nd Floor

Bishop Noel Jones, Senior Pastor, City of Refuge ChurchPastor Donnie McClurkin, Pastor, Perfecting Faith Church and award-winning gospel artist, radio host and host of BET’s “Sunday Best”

 

The convention is free and open to the public but registration is required and isolated events are ticketed.

The full schedule (which will continue to be updated)

For more information on the convention please visit: www.nationalactionnetwork.net

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