National Black Caucus of State Legislators Meeting Continues

Four-day meet at Peabody to end Saturday; Highlight of Friday is Lois DeBerry Prayer Breakfast.

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Opening the NBCSL Wednesday at the Peabody were (l to r):State Rep. Larry Miller of Memphis, Tennessee caucus president; State Rep. Brenda Gilmore  of Nashville; State Senator Catherine Pugh of Maryland, national president-elecdt of NBCSL; State Rep.  Joe Armstrong of Knoxville, current president; and state Rep. Allan Williams  of Florida.
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  • Opening the NBCSL Wednesday at the Peabody were (l to r):State Rep. Larry Miller of Memphis, Tennessee caucus president; State Rep. Brenda Gilmore of Nashville; State Senator Catherine Pugh of Maryland, national president-elecdt of NBCSL; State Rep. Joe Armstrong of Knoxville, current president; and state Rep. Allan Williams of Florida.

The 37th annual meeting of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, which began on Wednesday at The Peabody, will continue through the weekend. A highlight Friday morning is the Lois DeBerry Prayer Breakfast, named for the revered and respected state Representative and former state House Speaker Lois DeBerry of Memphis, who died this summer after a long illness.

The closing plenary session on Saturday, “Galvanizing a State Agenda on Civil Rights,” will be moderated by TV One host Roland Martin.

What follows is a partial description of events, courtesy of the Carter Malone Agency.

National Black Caucus of State Legislators 37th Annual Legislative Conference
to focus on PROGRESS: Moving Our States Forward Through Policy Action

State legislators to convene in Memphis, TN with advocates, corporate executives, and public policy experts.

WHO: Black lawmakers from across the United States, advocates and community leaders, corporate executives, leading public policy experts, media personalities, and celebrities including U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez; NBCSL President, Representative Joe Armstrong (TN); Emmy winner, Lynn Whitfield; Radio personality and author Michael Baisden; Grammy winner CeCe Winans; and Award-winning journalist and TV One Host, Roland Martin.

WHAT: The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is holding its 37th Annual
Legislative Conference in Memphis, TN. A primary focus will be the discussion and ratification of policy issues submitted by members of the organization with collaboration by community stakeholders. Those policies will be the foundation for state and federal legislation, the NBCSL policy platform for 2014, and collaboration with community- based organizations.

The closing plenary, Galvanizing A State Agenda on Civil Rights will be moderated by Mr. Martin with remarks by The Honorable Thomas Perez; Pulitzer Prize Winner, Doug Blackmon; Lucia McBath, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Tamika Mallory; Former Executive Director of the National Action Network, and Kim McCray, Executive Director, Trayvon Martin Foundation….

WHERE: The Peabody Hotel, 149 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38103

WHEN: December 11-14, 2013

About the National Black Caucus of State Legislators
The National Black Caucus of State Legislators (NBCSL) is a membership association representing more than 600 African-American state legislators hailing from 45 states, the District of Columbia and the Virgin Islands. NBCSL members represent more than 50 million Americans of various racial backgrounds. NBCSL monitors federal and state activity and provides this information to its members through policy symposiums and conferences. Each year, NBCSL members pass policy resolutions that directly impact federal and state policy. The organization focuses on issues that directly impact U.S. domestic policy and is committed to policies that positively affect all Americans. Learn more at www.nbcsl.org.

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