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The La./SCLC Connection plans statewide bus trip to DC for 50th Anniversary, March on Washington

29th July 2013   ·   0 Comments

The Louisiana/Southern Christ­ian Leadership Conference (SC­LC) Connection is a collaboration of the National SCLC, Louisiana SCLC chapters, Loui­siana elected officials and legislators, ministers and pastors, community-based organizations and many other national and state organizations who are involved in the struggles of equality and race relations. The Louisiana/SCLC Connection is led by State Representative and National SCLC Executive Officer, Rep. Randal Gaines, along with other legislators of the Louisiana Legislative Black Caucus, the leaders of the Louisiana SCLC chapters, pastors and community leaders.

This coalition of leaders is seeking to assure a great presence of Louisiana leaders and residents in Washington, D.C., for the SCLC 55th Annual National Conference, Aug. 23-26 and to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the historic August 28, 1963, Civil Rights Movement March on Washington led by the SCLC and the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. where he delivered the famous “I have a Dream” speech. Additional information is available at www.na­tionalsclc.org.

The March will take place Saturday, August 24, and will bring together many of the organizations, national and international leaders and attendees who were a part of the original convergence on Washington as well as The King Center.

The Louisiana/SCLC Connection will also host a Legislative Town Hall with Louisiana legislators and other elected officials in attendance to discuss “The State of African Americans in Louisiana …. 50 Years Later.”

It is the hope of this coalition that such dialogue will serve to ignite a rededication to the continuing struggle of African Americans in this state and country as they seek to “Remember, Reflect and Recommit….the fight continues.”

Buses are scheduled to leave from several Louisiana cities for Washington, D.C. on Thursday, August 22, returning Monday, August 26. Attendees will stay at the SCLC Conference host hotel, The Grand Hyatt Washington. The Legislative TownHall of this coalition will be held at the Grand Hyatt as well as a panel discussion titled, “Global Economic Development: Doing Business in Africa” with Business leaders, investors, etc. from around the state and country to discuss economic opportunities and jobs on an international basis as part of the SCLC’s SAP Initiative-Stand Against Poverty. A “Louisiana Dine Around” dinner is scheduled for Saturday evening following the March on Washington for all Louisiana attendees.

The cost of roundtrip bus fare is $171.43 (New Orleans), $178.40 (Baton Rouge) and $218.23 (Shreveport) per person. The cost of hotel accommodations is $255.90 for two persons per room and $127.95 for four persons per room.

This article originally published in the July 29, 2013 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

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