Power Players in Every Major Industry Converge on NYC for National Action Network 2013 Convention

From April 3-6, 2013, National Action Network (NAN) will host its annual national convention in New York City honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Forty-five years after Dr. King’s assassination and fifty-years after the March on Washington.  The convention will bring together influential national leaders in civil rights, government, labor, the church, business, politics, media and activism, to assess where we are today. Some of the topics that will be addressed at the 2013 NAN national convention will include issues of civil rights, education, gun-violence, immigration, jobs, health-care, women’s rights and much more.

(Must Pre-Register at www.nationalactionnetwork.net/convention-2013)


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The Full Schedule is available, but here are a few panels that caught my eye:

Corporate Panel: Holding Corporate America Accountable


  • Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, Grace Baptist Church, Mount Vernon, New York


  • Pat Harris, Vice President, Global Chief Diversity Officer, McDonalds
  • Edward Jay Goldberg, Vice President of Government & Consumer Affairs, Macy’s
  • Charisse R. Lillie, Vice President of Community Investment, Comcast Corporation
  • Nate Miles, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, Eli Lilly and Company
  • Elinor Tatum, Publisher and Editor in Chief, New York Amsterdam News


Young Professionals: How They See and Are Seen Differently


  • Smokey D. Fontaine, Chief Content & Creative Officer, Interactive One


  • Heather Foster, Director of African American Outreach, White House Office of Public 
  • Engagement
  • Kristi Henderson, Manager, Arts and Entertainment Engagement, Planned Parenthood
  • Janaye Ingram, DC Bureau Chief, National Action Network
  • Tharon L. Johnson, Managing Director, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP


Black Male Panel


  • Errol Louis, Political Anchor, NY1 News and Host of “Inside City Hall”


  • David C. Banks, President and CEO, The Eagle Academy Foundation
  • Elliott Dawes, University Director, CUNY Black Male Initiative
  • Tracy Martin, Father of Trayvon Martin
  • Nathaniel Pendleton, Father of Hadiya Pendleton; 15-year-old Killed after attending 
  • Inauguration; Funeral Attended by First Lady Obama
  • Etan Thomas, Author, Speaker & Former NBA Player
  • Jayson Williams, Former NBA All-Star

*All sessions are free and open to the public.  Add to your Calendar!


[Photos from the 2012 Convention via]

Latoya Henry is the publisher and founder of Haute Giving: The Sexy Side of Philanthropy.
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