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Black gays and straights unite in historic 3-day National Convention in Baltimore

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Nearly 1,000 African American men, women and youth, both gay and straight-identified are expected to gather in Baltimore, MD April 24-26 for an historic three-day event geared towards healing and bridging the gap between the Black gay and Black straight communities. Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) - Nearly 1,000 African American men, women and youth, both gay and straight-identified are expected to gather in Baltimore, MD April 24-26 for an historic three-day event geared towards healing and bridging the gap between the Black gay and Black straight communities.

The Power of Us National Convention (www.nbjcoalition.org/news/power-of-us-national.html) is being convened by the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC - nbjcoalition.org), a Washington, DC based civil rights organization. Three powerful days will be filled with non-stop workshops and panel discussions, and diverse entertainment completely focused upon issues pertaining to Black lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders as well their straight-identified allies and foes alike.

Topics such as politics, healthcare, religion, media representation, and financial literacy will be discussed during this nationally broadcast, holistic conference. The Power of Us National Convention will bring together a vibrant mix of people to openly discuss their community issues, strategies and implementations in order to better the overall African-American community.

NBJC CEO, H. Alexander Robinson explains that "Although the conference focuses on the needs and achievements of the Black gay community, we also recognize that our successes, community building efforts and the solutions to our challenges cannot be done without the support of our families, friends and allies. We welcome input, suggestions, and the participation of our entire community regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or gender identity."

Convention Details:
Registration: Power of Us Convention Registration Link
Hotel: Renaissance Harborplace Hotel Booking Link, Baltimore, MD
Airline Code: Code ZDV2BVCCL9 - Continental Airlines
Dates: April 24-26, 2008 (3 nights)

Schedule:
Thursday, April 24, 2008: Health & Wellness Summit and Arts/Cultural Exposition with dozens of performers and artistic vendors.

Friday, April 25, 2008: The 3rd Annual Black Church Summit with Bishops Carlton Pearson and Gene Robinson, and Dr. Frank Reid III of Bethel AME Church, Baltimore, MD.

Saturday, April 26, 2008: 2nd Annual Building & Leadership Development Summit
 

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