National Action Network’s Virtual Convention a Major Success

pictured Buffalo’s Rashied McDuffie & Janique Curry

Tens of thousands of activists joined National Action Network’s virtual convention recently, while NAN chapter leaders and a select group of panelists gathered at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City for the four-day convening.

The NAN Buffalo chapter was represented by Ina Ferguson, Rashied McDuffie & Janique Curry.

This year’s convention marks the 30th anniversary of the civil rights organization founded in 1991 by the Reverend Al Sharpton. President Joe Biden appeared on the opening day of the convention, delivering remarks that cautioned against “backsliding” into the Jim Crow era, with voting rights being disenfranchised for African Americans. 

Biden praised NAN for always being “an essential voice” in the fight for social justice. 

“Upholding and advancing the security and prosperity of health and well-being, dignity, possibilities of all Black Americans,” Biden told the NAN attendees in his pre-recorded message. “It’s at a time when the pandemic and the economic crisis continue to devastate Black communities, at a time when the cry for justice for a hundred years in the making is ringing out across our nation.”

More than a dozen cabinet officials joined the commander-in-chief. Other panels and plenary sessions focused on media coverage of communities of color, rebuilding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of the Black intellectual in the 21st Century.

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