Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Clyburn: Respecting Differences Can Lead to Successful Communities

Magazine article Nation's Cities Weekly

Clyburn: Respecting Differences Can Lead to Successful Communities

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"For you to be effective with your abilities, it is important to pay attention to the way you see the world because it may be a little bit different from the way the person seated in front of you sees the world," stated House Majority Whip James Clyburn, as he began his remarks as this year's Congressional City Conference Celebrate Diversity Breakfast keynote speaker. "Think about it. Our experiences are often dictated by our gender or our skin color. These things will cause you to be treated a certain way. I believe it is important to respect and reconcile our differences."

Clyburn has represented the Sixth Congressional District of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives since 1993.

Founded and sponsored by the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), this year's breakfast event was jointly sponsored by all of NLC's constituency grips including Women in Municipal Government, the Hispanic Elected Local Officials, the Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Local Officials and the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials.

NLC President Cynthia McCollum, council member, Madison, Ala., presided at the breakfast and, in introducing House Majority Whip Clyburn, remarked, "He is an energetic and outstanding member of Congress who has welcomed many of us to his office in the U.S. Capitol several times to engage in productive discussions about Congressional outreach to our cities and towns, and we are proud to have him join us today."

Clyburn recounted some of the days of his youth as well as his experiences in the civil rights movement. …

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