NAN To Host Its Annual King Day Luncheon in Washington, D.C. & First Community Mayoral Debate Moderated by Rev. Al Sharpton in New York

ON THE ACTUAL BIRTHDAY OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.  & IN LIGHT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURATION, NATIONAL ACTION NETWORK (NAN) TO HOST ITS ANNUAL KING DAY LUNCHEON IN WASHINGTON, DC, FEATURING SPEECHES BY REV. AL SHARPTON, MARTIN LUTHER KING, III, AND CABINET MEMBERS INCLUDING SECRETARY OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES KATHLEEN SEBELIUS, EDUCATION SECRETARY ARNE DUNCAN & MORE

IN NEW YORK, NAN TO HOLD THE FIRST COMMUNITY MAYORAL DEBATE MODERATED BY REV. AL SHARPTON FEATURING MAJOR CANDIDATES ON  DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

 

JANUARY 15, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC

11:00 a.m.

Hyatt Regency

400 New Jersey Ave NW

Among Featured Participants:

Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network

Martin Luther King, III

Secretary of Health & Human Services Kathleen Sebelius

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

 

NEW YORK CITY

6:00 p.m.

National Action Network

106 West 145th Street (At Malcolm X Blvd.)

Mayoral Panel:

Speaker Christine Quinn

Comptroller John Liu

Bill Thompson

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio

Sal Albanese

Public Policy Forum:

Comptroller Tom DiNapoli

Senator Malcolm Smith

Assemblyman Carl Heastie

Senator Eric Adams

Councilmember Deborah Rose

Sen John Sampson

Councilmember Inez Dickens

Borough President Scott Stringer

Manhattan DA Cy Vance

Hector Figueroa, 32BJ

Councilmember Leticia James

Councilmember Jumanee Williams

Senator Ruth Hassel Thompson

Councilmember Robert Jackson

 

BACKGROUND

On the birth date of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., National Action Network will hold its annual King Day Luncheon in Washington, DC. There will be special remarks by Rev. Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King, III, Cabinet members and other national leaders. Among the themes are economic empowerment, anti-violence, education and health and wellness.  NAN’s King Day luncheon will also include a special address by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius regarding the health policies of the Administration. There are concerns about health disparities in the Black and Latino communities and the event will call upon community and faith leaders to close the health care gap and work closely with education, health care, and wellness advocates, to make health and wellness a major issue in 2013. Among the themes will include the Affordable Health Care Act, health disparities and a challenge to faith leaders to help with self-responsibility in the community. This year’s event is being co-hosted NAN’s sister organization Education for a Better America (EBA) and will announce NAN’s partnership on a health initiative that will focus on health education and an active lifestyle.

In New York City that evening, NAN will hold the first community New York City Mayoral candidate panel and annual King Day Public Policy event at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will include candidates for New York City Mayor who address the community about key issues including, gun control, “Stop and Frisk” policing, education, economic justice and more.

NAN is dedicated to a modern civil rights agenda, which includes education, criminal justice, gun violence prevention, healthcare and standard of decency for all people.  Education for a Better America is an educational nonprofit that focuses on building bridges between policymakers and the classrooms by supporting innovations in the delivery of education; creating a dialogue between policymakers, community leaders, educators, parents, and students; and disseminating information and findings that will positively impact our students and schools.

On this day in particular, NAN and EBA encourage elected officials, community activists, clergy and leaders across the country to pause and remember the example of Dr. King and the importance of his work. The annual King Day event not only celebrates Dr. King’s legacy, but provides an opportunity to refocus on the work each of us does to carry on his dream.

NAN is one of the leading civil rights organizations in the nation. NAN works extensively to promote a standard of decency for all people regardless of race or sex, social justice for all communities, and improvements in race relations. Through the years, NAN has served as a megaphone for the voiceless and an advocate for those in need.

For media inquiries: Rachel Noerdlinger (rachel@noerdlingermedia.com)

www.nationalactionnetwork.net

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