Black Leaders to Press Obama on Drug War and Investment in “Dark Ghettos”

Day of action planned to dramatize demands

Reflecting growing discontent in some quarters with President Obama’s failure to directly address issues of vital concern to Black people, a group of social justice, drug policy and criminal justice reform advocates are poised to intensify the call for an end to the War on Drugs and demand increased government investment in jobs, economic development and social programs to combat what is being called a “State of Emergency” in the “dark ghettos” of Black America.

Led by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century, under the leadership of Dr. Ron Daniels, the group will outline a basic agenda for change and announce plans for a Day of Direct Action to back its demands at a Press Conference, Thursday, April 4th at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

The Press Conference is being convened on the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1967 speech at the Riverside Church in New York where he expressed his opposition to the War in Vietnam and challenged the government to invest in aiding poor communities in this country. April 4th is also the memorial of King’s assassination in Memphis a year later in 1968 as he was preparing to launch a Poor People’s Campaign.

The Press Conference will be held April 4, 2013 at 12:30 p.m., in the Zenger Room of the National Press Club, 529 14th Street, N.W. 13TH Floor, in Washington, D.C.

Key Participants are Dr. Ron Daniels, President, IBW, Distinguished Lecturer, York College, City University of New York, former Executive Director, Center for Constitutional Rights – New York City; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Senior Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Coordinator, Millions More Movement — Washington, D.C; Dr. Divine Pryor, Executive Director, Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, the nation’s only Think Tank led by formerly incarcerated persons – New York City; Courtney Stewart, Chairman, The Reentry Network for Returning Citizens, Washington, D.C.; and, Charles Thornton, Director Mayor’s Office on Returning Citizen Affairs, Washington, D.C.

The press conference is Convened by the Institute of the Black World 21st Century []

For further information or interviews: Carolyn McClair Public Relations – 917.686.0854.

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