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National SCLC Convention kicks off today in Birmingham

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - One of the most notable Civil Rights organizations is bringing its national convention to Birmingham.

Earlier this month, the local chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference announced the 56th annual national convention will be held in the Magic City.

The four-day conference will bring thousands of people to Birmingham.

This is the second SCLC convention in Birmingham.

The last event was held in 20005.

"The economic impact the last time we were here was anywhere from, I checked the numbers with the chamber commerce, it was anywhere from $5 to $6 million dollars," said Dr. Charles Steele, President, CEO of the National SCLC.

Rev. Bernice King, the youngest child of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be honored at the convention.
Here are a list of events planned for the SCLC Convention:

Location: All events will take place at the Sheraton Hotel Birmingham

Featured Highlights:

Sunday, August 10th, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.- FREE

President Charles Steele Jr. Inaugural Program

Featured guest performances: Mr. Ron Handy, Mr. Hank Stewart, 6th Avenue Baptist Church Choir and the Wardlaw Brothers. Program MC: Ms. Isis Jones, 98.7 FM

Cost: The General Convention Registration cost is $50.00.

Projected Attendance: 400-500 attendees

Corporate Sponsors: American Express, Walmart, City of Birmingham and Alabama Power Company, Federal Express, Georgia Pacific and EWD/Tele-ed.

Monday, August 11, 2014-12 NOON

Empowerment Luncheon- Special guest: Actress Robin Givens,

Hosted by Mrs. Cathelean Steele, First Lady, SCLC National-Ballrooms III & IV

Beyond the Glass Ceiling: The Global Achievement of Women

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, President, Alabama State University

A reflection on the impact women have made during the creation of SCLC and continue to have on organizations, companies, institutions and political infrastructure.

Honorees:

Juandalynn Givan Esq., State Rep. House 60th District, Birmingham, AL

Rev. Dr. Bernice A. King, Chief Executive Officer of The King Center

Ms. Daphne Kwok, Former Chair of the President's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Ms. Beverly Robertson, Former President, National Civil Rights Museum

The Honorable Terri Sewell, Congresswoman, Alabama's 7th District

Col. Deborah Scott Thomas, USAF Retired, President & CEO Data Solutions & Technology

Ms. Nancy Worley, Chairperson, Alabama Democratic Party

Ms. Anastasia Poliakova, College Instructor, Special Award

SPECIAL MOVIE PREMIER:

SPENT: LOOKING FOR CHANGE

SPONSORED BY AMERICAN EXPRESS FOLLOWED BY AUDIENCE DISCUSSION

Ballrooms III & IV

Monday, August 11, 2014, 5:00 p.m.

ADMISION IS FREE

ABOUT THE FILM

Spent: Looking for Change is a film about everyday Americans without the financial options most of us take for granted and the movement giving them renewed hope. Turning to pawn shops, check cashing services, and using payday loans to meet basic financial needs can be costly for many of us, with $89 billion a year going to fees and interest1 for using these types of alternative financial services. It's time for change. New technology, new ideas and encouraging dialogue around this issue can help make managing money simple and more affordable.

American Express is sponsoring this documentary to help improve financial inclusion in the U.S. Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim is the executive producer of the documentary which is narrated by Tyler Perry and directed by Derek Doneen.

American Express is also spearheading several initiatives to drive innovation in financial services to help improve the financial options available to those who are financially underserved.

1Source: CFSI, November 2013 Market Sizing Report

Key workshop sessions: Civil Rights Veterans Roundtable Featuring Foot Soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement, Race and Racism in America,: Global Achievement of Women Empowerment Luncheon honoring successful national women; discussion on State of Green Energy; discussion on the Stand Your Ground Law; The State of Black Males in America; and ending with the Fred Shuttlesworth Memorial Prayer Breakfast.

The day concludes with: "An Evening with Dick Gregory": The Civil Rights Movement

Facilitator: Mr. Maynard Eaton, Emmy Award Winner

Be a part of this intimate conversation that begins at 7:30 p.m.- Ballroom XI

What is SCLC?

Since its inception in 1957 under the leadership and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, SCLC has been on the forefront of the fight for justice and equality in America. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference is an African-American civil rights organization. SCLC was closely associated with its first president, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The SCLC had a large role in the American Civil Rights Movement. Later SCLC would address the issues of war and poverty.

For more information and to register for the event, visit this website: http://website.nationalsclc.org/
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