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"Rev. Joseph Lowery Joins Gospel Artist Tonex to Inspire Young Leaders During the Democratic Convention"

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group02s (39k image)Denver, CO - An inspirational performance by Grammy-nominated gospel artist Tonex set the tone for the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation's (NCBCP) first "Conversation with Black Leaders" held at the Colorado Convention Center during the Democratic National Convention. The next dialogue will take place at the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Joseph E. Lowery, co-founder of SCLC with Dr. Martin Luther King and participant in the 1965 Voting Rights March, commended the young leaders present for their success in unifying with the elders during this election.

"This historic election transcends race, gender, age and religion," Lowery said.

With his activist wife, Evelyn Gibson Lowery, at his side, the emotional 86 year-old civil rights legend continued, "I thank God that I am able to see this day in my lifetime. This election is a giant step toward fulfilling the dream where people will be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin."

The purpose of the intergenerational conversations is to make sure young voters understand what change really means for the African American community said Melanie L. Campbell, executive director of the NCBCP.

Campbell adds, "With youth voting in record numbers, the elders must make sure new voters know that casting a ballot is the first step. The next step is to hold elected officials accountable regardless of who wins the race. That's when change really happens."

Joining Lowery and Campbell in the dialogue was: Susan L. Taylor, Essence Magazine; Marc Morial, National Urban League; Carla Brooks, Black Youth Vote!; William "Bill" Lucy, Coalition of Black Trade Unionist, Felicia Davis, Just Environment, Gary Flowers, Black Leadership Forum, and Stefanie Brown, NAACP Youth & College Division

The NCBCP is a 5013, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing Black civic engagement and voter participation. Unity '08 Campaign partners include The National Council Of Negro Women, A. Philip Randolph Institute, American Urban Radio Networks, BET, and UniverSoul Circus.

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