New York – Dr. Ron Daniels, political analyst, veteran social activist and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) commented today that the burning question being asked by many Black voters is what happens after the election. “Our response is that all roads lead to Howard University in Washington, D.C., November 14-18 for State of the Black World Conference III”. Daniels noted that the Conference is strategically timed to assess the impact of the 2012 presidential election and devise strategies to combat what the organizers call a “State of Emergency in America’s dark ghettos.” A Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities will be developed as a blueprint and action agenda as an outgrowth of the Conference.
The first public event for SOBWCIII will be a high profile Town Hall Meeting where the impact of the election on Black America and the Pan African World will be the focus. Susan Taylor, George Fraser, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Cornel West and Atty. Faya Rose Sanders are confirmed Panelists. Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been invited to offer remarks to frame the discussion. Walter Fields, Facilitator for the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission, will provide a perspective on the ongoing need for a Black Agenda to monitor the progress of the Executive Branch, Congress and agencies of the federal government as it relates to Black issues. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM and Bev Smith, Host of the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, will serve as Moderators.
Dr. Daniels revealed that more than one hundred (100) Speakers, Panelists and Resource Persons have been confirmed for a broad ranging Program that will include a Pan African Policy Forum, Special Affinity Sessions on HIV/AIDS, Black Media/Communications, Summit on Anti-Violence and Hip Hop Activists, Plenary Session on the War on Drugs and Working Sessions on Business/Economic Development and Black Family, Health and the Environment, Education, Mobilizing the Diaspora for Empowerment to Caucuses for Women and Youth/Students. There will also be a Reception in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and a Legacy Award Celebration to honor the contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions to the Black Freedom Struggle.
Dr. Daniels was very blunt about the importance of the Conference. “It’s time out for moaning, groaning and complaining. SOBWC III is about examining real models and solutions to real problems, learning from each other, embracing each other, and developing strategies to engage the struggle to empower our communities. After the election, State of the Black World Conference III is the place to be to plan for our future!”