Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NBC-LEO to Welcome Civil Rights Activist at Summer Conference in St. Louis: Meeting to Focus on 'Empowering Leaders to Put Policy into Action'

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NBC-LEO to Welcome Civil Rights Activist at Summer Conference in St. Louis: Meeting to Focus on 'Empowering Leaders to Put Policy into Action'

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One of the activists who co-founded a civil rights organization along with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will address members of NLC's National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) during its summer conference and board of directors meeting next week.

Dr. Joseph Lowery, a founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, will preside at the Aug. 9-12 meeting in St. Louis. The establishment of the nonprofit advocacy organization that promotes nonviolent action came in 1957, shortly after Lowery helped lead the Montgomery, Ala., bus boycott to oppose the city's policy of racial segregation on its public transit system.

He is also co-founder and chairman emeritus of the Black Leadership Forum, a consortium of national black advocacy organizations, serving as third president.

With Lowery's inspirational words and special features such as plenary sessions, workshops and interactive discussions on topics such as ethics in government, African American conservatism and immigration, NBC-LEO President Felicia A. Moore, councilmember in Atlanta, expects a successful conference.

"The host committee has been working diligently to plan an outstanding program that will carry out the conference theme of "Empowering Leaders to Put Policy into Action," said Moore. "This conference is designed to give you the tools needed as elected representatives to put the information received to use in your respective communities."

Other speakers at the conference will include Trymaine Lee, staff writer at the Times-Picayune newspaper in New Orleans; and Frederick A. …

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