Monday, July 31, 2006

African-American’s in DC suburbs organize, inspired by bestseller

African-American Political Pundit says: Well it looks like Tavis Smiley's book "The Covenant With Black America," is truly catching fire in African-American Communities across America.

The book with a series of essays about problems in the African-American community and recommendations of action is being used in the Washington DC area so that residents can address those issues locally.

As reported in the Washington Post, "Anita Neal Powell, founder of the Lincoln Park Historical Foundation and the primary organizer of the forum, said an invitation to participate in the forum was sent only to candidates who are running for a particular office for the first time because she wanted the event to be a way to introduce the public to new candidates and new plans."

The Post also reports, "Powell said one of her chief concerns is securing the future of the many historically African American communities in Montgomery County. A longtime civic activist who recently was inducted into the county's Human Rights Hall of Fame, Powell said she is worried in particular about encroaching development on her own community of Lincoln Park in Rockville. Many elderly and longtime residents are selling their homes because of rising property taxes."

Other sponsors of the event include the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Black Ministers Conference of Montgomery County, the African American Chamber of Commerce, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and several religious organizations.

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