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Memphis lands conference of African-American lawmakers

NBCSL new_logo_600The National Black Caucus of State Legislators – meeting for it its 37th annual conference – will gather in Memphis Dec. 11-14.

Representing 600-plus African-American legislators from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands, the NBCSL's president is Rep. Joe Armstrong, D-Knoxville.

The group, which founded in 1977, will meet at The Peabody Hotel downtown. The group's last session in Memphis was in December 1994. The late District 91 Rep. Lois DeBerry was elected the group's president at that conference.

Here is a partial list of those set to speak at the conference:

Mayor A C Wharton Jr.;

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez;

Douglas A. Blackmon, Pulitzer Prize winning author of "Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II";

John Bryant Hope, founder and CEO of Operation Hope;

Grammy-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans;

Former congressman J.C. Watts;

ACLU Tennessee Executive Director Hedy Weinberg.

Interviewer: Melanie Shelby,Managing Director, Gray, Greer, Shelby, & Vaughn, LLC
Interviewee:Shannon A. Brown, Senior Vice President / Chief HR and Diversity Officer, FedEx Express

PRAYER BREAKFAST & MEMORIAL SERVICE: The Rev. Keith Norman, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church - Broad

NOBEL/WOMEN'S BREAKFAST: Lynn Whitfield, Emmy Award-Winning Actress

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