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      Stand Your Ground Law, Racism in American among topics at SCLC Convention

      Hundreds of activists and Civil Rights leaders are in Birmingham for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference National Convention at the Sheraton Hotel. They'll remember the past but focus on today's Civil Rights struggles. They'll examine the issues through films, roundtable discussions, and lectures.

      Here's a look at the schedule put out by the SCLC:

      Monday, August 11: 9 am - 11 am{} Civil Rights Veterans Roundtable Featuring Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement{}Participants:Ralph Worrell, Civil Rights & Labor Movement Veteran/Activist; Rita Samuels, Founder, Georgia Coalition of Black Women (GCBW); Rev. Willie Bolden, Civil Rights Veteran/Activist; ?Lula Joe Williams, Civil Rights Veteran/Activist Race and Racism in America- Presenter, Dr. Imani Perry, Professor, Center for African American Studies, Princeton University 10:15 am -11:30 am State of Green Energy Forum {}(presented by Alabama Power) 12 pm - 2 pm{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} "Beyond the Glass Ceiling: The Global Achievement of Women Empowerment Luncheon" (co-sponsored by Walmart) ($60 to attend) Luncheon, Keynote Speaker - Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President, Alabama State University with special guest Actress Robin Givens:{} Honorees include Daphne Kwok, Chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders; Juandalynn Givan Esq., State. Rep. District Birmingham, AL; Rev. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer, {}The King Center; Bobbie Knight, VP, Birmingham Division - Alabama Power;{}Beverly Robertson, Former President, National Civil Rights Museum?; Col. Deborah Scott Thomas, USAF Retired, President & CEO Data Solutions & Technology; and Nancy Worley, Chairperson, Alabama Democratic Party{} 2:15 pm - 3:30 pm {}{}{} Film Screening: Constance Baker Motley & conversation w/ Dr. Gary Ford & Rev. Jay Augustine BOOKING SIGNING: Conversation w/Rev. Jay Augustine & Facilitator; Jonathan Lewis, SCLC Board Member 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm{}{}{} The "Stand Your Ground Law" and Its Impact on the Black Community Participants: {}Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin; Lucia McBath, mother of Jordan Davis; and Attorney Ben Crump The State of Black Males in America: Presenters:? Professor Marybeth Gasman, Director, Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions: Rev. Jay Augustine, Esq., Founder & CEO of Faith and Works; George Curry, Editor-in-Chief of the National Newspaper Publishers; and Junius Williams,Director of the Abbott Leadership Institute, Rutgers University 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm {}On the RISE - SCLC Networking Mixer 7:30 pm - 9 pm{}{}{} Open MIC poetry session Tuesday August 12: 9 am - 10 am {}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} Chapter Development: What It Takes to Build an SCLC Chapter of Action Community Health Symposium: {}The State of the Black Church 10 am - 11:30 am{}{}{}{}{}{} An In Depth Look At SCLC's "Justice for Girls" Initiative, RIM Shot Productions 1 pm - 2:15 pm{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{}{} A One-on-one Conversation with SCLC President, Dr. Charles Steele Jr. & Restoring the Voting Rights Act 3 pm - 5 pm Fashion Show with the Wilbourn Sisters Design (Ticketed Event $35) Wednesday August 13:

      9 am - 11 am Shuttlesworth Memorial Prayer Breakfast (Ticketed Event $35) (Co-Sponsored by Walmart)

      To register for the convention, go to www.nationalsclc.org. It costs 50 dollars. Separate tickets are also required for the Monday luncheon, Tuesday fashion show and Wednesday breakfast. The luncheon is 60 dollars. The fashion show costs 35 dollars. The Fred Shuttlesworth Memorial Breakfast is 35.

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