Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NBC-LEO Hears from Civil Rights Icon at Congress of Cities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

NBC-LEO Hears from Civil Rights Icon at Congress of Cities

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NLC's National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO) constituency group kicked off its meetings at the Congress of Cities and Exposition in Reno, Nev., with an economic development mobile tour of the city.

During the tour, participants were able to see achievements by many African-Americans in the city such as the first McDonald's owned by an African-American; structures designed by Paul Williams, a famous black architect; the New China Club, the first social club in Reno to allow African-Americans; Bethlehem Church, the first black church in Reno; and the Lear Theater, the first black-owned theater in Reno.

Dr. Joseph Lowery, civil rights activist and convener, The Georgia People's Coalition, Atlanta, was the keynote speaker for the NBC-LEO Membership Luncheon. Lowery spoke about the importance of leadership in today's political and social climate. He encouraged the audience to be positive role models for young people.

Felicia Moore, councilmember, Atlanta, and immediate past president of NBC-LEO, found Lowery's speech to be "truly captivating."

"He is an inspiration to me," Moore said. "I gain my courage and strength to lead from Dr. Lowery."

NBC-LEO also held an Awards Reception co-sponsored by Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. Honorees included: Louis McKinney, Anheuser Busch Inc., St. Louis; Kenny Dalton, president/founder, Our Story Inc., Reno; George Hardaway, assistant principal, Wooster High School in Reno; Charles McNeely, city manager, Reno; Terry Riley, incoming NBC-LEO president and councilmember, Kansas City, Mo.; Charleta Tavares, NBC-LEO Board Member and councilmember, Columbus, Ohio; Leo Chaney, NBC-LEO past president and councilmember, Dallas; and Felicia Moore, councilmember, Atlanta.

The NBC-LEO Board of Directors also met during conference. The Board discussed a proposed resolution for NLC's Human Development Committee to encourage the federal government to address minority health disparities. …

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