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The Lawyers’ Committee to Co-Sponsor “The Future of Black America in the Post-Obama Era” in Selma, Alabama

For Immediate Release March 4, 2015



Civil & Human Rights Leaders Discuss the Social & Political Status of African Americans Post 2016 During Historic 50th Anniversary Events, Commemorating Selma-to-Montgomery March and Landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 4, 2015 – In conjunction with historic 50th anniversary events, commemorating the Selma-to-Montgomery march and the landmark Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (Lawyers’ Committee) will co-host a panel discussion, “The Future of Black America In the Post-Obama Era”, on Saturday, March 7, 2015, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. The panel consisting of  leaders in the civil and human  rights arena will be held at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center, 211 Washington Street, Selma, Alabama, and will examine the projected social and political status of African Americans post 2016, following President Barack Obama’s departure from office.  Speakers and participants will discuss:  What should the African American community be focusing on to ensure our issues are prioritized in the coming decade? What strategies should be undertaken in the next 2 years?

WHO:  Co-Sponsored by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the African                    American Policy Forum, Bridge Crossing Jubilee and other National Groups

WHAT:  Panel Discussion – The Future of Black America In the Post-Obama Era

  • Which strategies can be used today to progress the African American agenda and ultimately gain more freedoms and justice in America?
  • Discussion including criminal justice, education, economic opportunity, housing, policing reform, voting rights and more.

Confirmed Speakers:
Barbara Arnwine – Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Nicole Austin-Hillery – Brennan Center for Justice
Cornell Brooks – NAACP
Rev. Jamal Bryant – Empowerment Temple
Kimberle W. Crenshaw – African American Policy Forum
Patrisse Cullors – Black Lives Matter
Ejim Dike – US Human Rights Network
Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – Rainbow PUSH Coalition

Additional Invited Speakers
Cedric Alexander – NOBLE
Melanie Campbell – National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP)
Wade Henderson – The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Sherrilyn Ifill – NAACP-LDF
Rev. Al Sharpton – National Action Network

WHEN:   Saturday, March 7, 2015
3:30-5:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Carl C. Morgan Convention Center
211 Washington St., Selma, AL 36703

RSVP:   Media should RSVP to [email protected] by March 6, 2015

For more information about the Lawyers’ Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.  For more information about African American Policy Forum, visit www.aapf.org. For more information about Selma 50th Anniversary events, visit www.Selma50.com.

About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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