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On April 4, 1968, the country lost its greatest civil rights leader in an act of vicious and incomprehensible violence. This year marks 45 years since the Revered Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. Decades after his selfless act of fighting for equality, we continue to push for justice in his honor.

To remind ourselves of his sacrifice, and to remind ourselves that much work remains despite all of our progress, National Action Network (NAN) conducts its annual convention around the time of Dr. King’s assassination. This year, we are back to our headquarters of New York from April 3-6 at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers. While we pay homage to Dr. King, we will also commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, and map out ways to keep the fight going. Activists, clergy, prominent voices in media, youth leaders, individuals from the Obama administration and countless others will convene in New York at NAN’s convention — and so should you.

Continuing our yearly tradition, NAN keeps its doors open to all for the convention. Free and open to the pubic, we just ask that everyone pre-register in advance. All attendees will receive our very first published book highlighting NAN’s history, as well as the opportunity to attend a wealth of panels, plenary sessions and activities. Joining me at this year’s convention are Martin Luther King III, Magic Johnson, the parents of Trayvon Martin, Professor Melissa Harris-Perry, Dr. Charles Ogletree, TV and radio host Ed Schultz and many, many more. Rev. T.D. Jakes, Spike Lee and Wynton Marsalis are among the honorees. We will address several of today’s most pressing issues including gun violence, voting rights, corporate accountability, political engagement, women’s rights, affordable housing, health care, race and justice, the future of the Black church, economic development and others.
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