MSNBC Host Reverend Al Sharpton Will Keynote the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast

February 28, 2013

By Mary Gordon

Reverend Al Sharpton, Host of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" and Founder, National Action Network, will be this year's Celebrate Diversity Breakfast keynote speaker at the NLC Congressional City Conference. The breakfast is cohosted each year by NLC's constituency groups: the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO, founder of the breakfast event); the Asian Pacific American Municipal Officials (APAMO); the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Local Officials (GLBTLO); the Hispanic Elected Local Officials (HELO); and Women in Municipal Government (WIMG). This special event is cosponsored by Comcast, an NLC Corporate Partner.

The breakfast will be held on Monday, March 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Thurgood Marshall West and South Rooms at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington.

With over 40 years of experience as a community leader, politician, minister and advocate, Rev. Sharpton is one of America's most-renowned civil rights leaders. Sharpton's highly visible career began at the tender age of four when he preached his first sermon.

A successful civil rights career soon followed, and he held notable positions with New York's Operation Breadbasket, Ministers for National Rainbow Push Coalition, and Founder of his own broad-based progressive civil rights organization, the National Action Network (NAN), one of the leading civil rights organizations in the world. He also hosts a nationally syndicated radio show that broadcasts in 40 markets, five days a week. "PoliticsNation" airs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET weekdays on MSNBC.

Conference attendees must have tickets for the Celebrate Diversity Breakfast. They may be purchased at the on-site desk in the registration area during the conference. This event will also feature the presentation of the annual NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Awards.

Details: For more information on the Diversity Breakfast, please contact NLC's Constituency Group Programs office at (202) 626-3169.