From the Office of Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Pelosi Listens to Concerns of African Americans

June 18, 2003

Washington, D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi met with a group of prominent African American leaders yesterday to discuss how national issues are impacting the nation's African American community. This listening session was only one of a series of meetings and outreach forums that Pelosi is convening with several diverse groups and organizations.

"Democrats and African Americans share a deep and enduring commitment to equality and opportunity," Pelosi said. "Over the years, we have built a strong relationship based on shared values and ideals. We will continue to work together to reaffirm that commitment and expand opportunities for all African Americans."

With unemployment among African Americans currently at 10.8 percent, the economy and jobs were identified as the most critical problems African Americans now face. The group also discussed the African American community and ways to increase African American civic participation. The group stressed the importance of information sharing, inclusion, and opportunity.

Pelosi met with: Donna Brazile, Political Strategist; Mary Coleman, President, National Black Caucus of State Legislators; former Congressman Reverend Walter Fauntroy, civil rights activist; Wade Henderson, Executive Director, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights; Sonja Jarvis, President, Black Women's Agenda; Marie Johns, President, Verizon DC; Martin Luther King III, President, Southern Christian Leadership Conference; William Lucy, Founder and President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists; and Marc Morial, President and CEO, National Urban League.




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