1. Opening RallySherry Scott

    The opening rally will feature Sherry Scott. Ms. Scott was the female vocalist for three years for the group Earth, Wind and Fire. She has also worked with such artists as Freddie Hubbard, Pharoah Sanders, and Hugh Masekela. Ms. Scott is currently involved in a business that uses the new computer technology and electronic commerce to create, produce and market music. She will make a presentation, in word and song, on how Black people must learn to make use of the new technology, and how we can make sure that our youth participate in the technological revolution.

  2. PowerNomicsClaud Anderson

    This plenary workshop will be presented by Dr. Claud Anderson. Dr. Anderson is the author of the book Black Labor, White Wealth: A Search For Power And Economic Justice. He is founder and president of The Harvest institute, a think-tank whose mission is the social and economic reform of Black America. He is a real estate developer, maintains ownership interests in retail food businesses, and was among the first African-Americans to own a radio station. Dr. Anderson has begun to build industries based on his PowerNomics economics principles. He will conduct a workshop on the PowerNomics concept at the convention.

  3. Cooperative Economic Development: Models of Success

    This workshop will feature Sister Asabi Carroll of Omaha, Nebraska. Sister Carroll developed the Umoja Gold Card Strategy, a series of cooperatives operating in Black communities. One such entity is the Safari Market in Chicago. The idea of the workshop is to bring to people actual examples of successful cooperative economic ventures that can be replicated in other cities.

  4. The Question of Land and Economic Development

    This workshop will be led by Ester Doolittle, Jr. Mr. Doolittle is the Alternative Crop Markerting Coordinator at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. The University is assisting in developing and carrying out marketing plans for vegetable producers in Arkansas. One of Mr. Doolittle’s responsibilities is to facilitate linkage between urban and rural Black communities. We will discuss the development of markets and food coops in our cities where farm products can be sold. This is another example of practicing economic self-determination.

  5. Socially Responsible Wealth Building

    This workshop will be led by Khalfani Mwamba. Khalfani is a financial investment specialist in the Seattle area. The focus of this workshop will be on how Black people can create investment wealth for themselves and their families from an African-Centered perspective.

  6. Reparations

    This workshop will be led by a Dorothy Benton Lewis of Washington, D.C., National Vice Chair of the National Coalition On Black Reparations in America (NCOBRA). This workshop will focus on viewing the fight for reparations from the standpoint of its role in our drive for economic independence. The discussion will focus on how to make the fight for reparations a real issue in our communities and show people how reparations can play a valuable role in creating an economic foundation for Black people.

  7. Fundraising For The Black Movement: The National Black United Fund Model

    This workshop will be led by Henry English, President/CEO of the Black United Fund (BUF) of Illinois. BUF has advocated reliance on self-help at the local level and encourages individuals at every economic level to set aside a portion of their own resources to collectively support economic empowerment. The workshop will focus on how we can utilize models like the Black United Fund to finance projects in the Black community.

  8. Closing Banquet

    Al Sharpton The Saturday banquet will feature The Rev. Al Sharpton. Rev. Sharpton heads the National Action Network in New York City and is national director of the National Rainbow Coalition Ministers Division. Rev. Sharpton is a long time activist and has been involved in a number of struggles pertaining to injustices to Black people.

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