After years of struggles and setbacks the African American community felt a sense of freedom when the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

I remember the day it was signed of course I was so young I didn’t understand because my parents had done such a great job protecting us from racism. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 changed the laws in America but it didn’t change the make-up.  It’s been 50 years and we have a long way to go. I had the pleasure of talking with Dr Charles Steele Jr. President and CEO of the SCLC about the 56th annual SCLC Convention.

Birmingham Alabama welcomes the 56th Annual National Convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Sunday August 10th – Wednesday August 13th at the Sheraton. The theme is: The Civil Right Act 50 years later. There will be special events, panel discussions and workshops on:

  • Racism in America
  • Fighting stand your ground
  • Youth & young adults
  • Education
  •  Economic empowerment
  • The state of the black church
  • Restoring the voting right act
  •  Inaugural Ceremony, the Women’s Empowerment Luncheon
  • Fred E. Shuttlesworth Memorial Prayer Breakfast

Some of the guests and speakers are SCLC National President and CEO Dr. Charles Steele, Jr., SCLC First Lady Cathelean Steele, Actress Ms. Robin Givens, Dick Gregory, Rev Jesse Jackson, Alabama State University President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd, King Center CEO Rev. Bernice King, Alabama State Rep. Juandalynn Givens Esq., Birmingham Mayor William Bell, the 6th Ave Baptist Church Progressive Choir.  SCLC 56th Annual National Convention, Dr. Charles Steele Jr. President and CEO. For information log on to:

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