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Al Sharpton, NAN Convention in D.C. April 11-14

4/9/2012, 3:31 p.m.

Annual Gathering to Feature Leaders in Civil Rights, Politics, Education, Church and More

Rev. Al Sharpton and National Action Network (NAN) will convene in the District of Columbia this week for the NAN's annual convention. The gathering will convene at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest, and will feature a who's who in politics, civil rights, education, business, the church, corporate America and much more.

The four day event which begins Wednesday, honors the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and will consist of a series of plenary sessions, panels and special events. Among the featured speakers and guests will be U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Harvard University Professor Dr. Charles Ogletree, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, David Gregory (NBC's Meet the Press Moderator), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson.

Each year NAN hosts the national convention to bring together influential leaders to focus on the issues most important in civil rights that year -- including voting rights, education, jobs, healthcare, youth violence and social justice.

The convention will close with a televised symposium at Howard University titled, "Measuring the Movement: Black Leadership's 12-Month Action Plan."

For the third year, leaders will assess where we are and what they and their respective organizations will pledge to do over a 12-month time-frame to further critical issues impacting people of color including, but not limited to, education reform, unemployment, health care and more.

The convention will also include discussion on how not only hold President Barack Obama and his administration be held accountable, but how we will hold ourselves accountable and tangibly measure our movement over a 12-month period to enact change.

Follwong the convention, NAN will host its 14th annual "Keepers of the Dream Awards" on Wednesday, April 18 in New York City.

The awards - given each year in April to mark the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s death and to honor those who have continued to advocate for the principles for which the slain civil rights leaders died.