Registration Opens for 2007 National Urban League Conference to Convene at America's Center in St. Louis, Mo.

Invited speakers Include: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Tavis Smiley,

Donna Brazile, Michael Steele, Rev. Joe Watkins, Chris Gardner, Michael

Eric Dyson, GOP and Democratic Party 2008 Presidential Candidates.

May 01, 2007, 01:00 ET from National Urban League

    NEW YORK, May 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Urban League
 President Marc H. Morial today announced that 2007 annual conference
 registration is now open via the league's Web site ( and
 via telephone toll- free at (800) 263-9926.
     The league's 97th annual conference, which is expected to draw over
 10,000 attendees nationwide, will take place from July 25 through July 28
 at the America's Center in St. Louis, Mo. This year's theme is "You, Your
 Money, Your Future," and Anheuser-Busch and U.S. Bank will serve as
 conference co-chairs and title sponsors.
     The four-day event will feature over 80 dynamic speakers and experts in
 four plenary sessions and 18 workshops to be held over four days. It is the
 premier networking, recruiting and issues conference for African-American
 professionals nationwide.
     "Our 2007 annual conference in St. Louis will gather together some of
 the nation's greatest minds and leaders to address issues of great
 importance to the African-American community in the middle of the nation's
 heartland," said Morial, who will kick off the four-day event with a
 keynote speech on Wednesday, July 24. "This year's event promises to show
 attendees how to make the most of their assets on so many levels."
     Invited speakers include: Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, the second
 African-American governor in history; political commentator Tavis Smiley;
 Democratic Party Strategist Donna Brazile; Republican Party Strategist and
 former Maryland Lt. Gov. Michael Steele; political commentator Rev. Joe
 Watkins, Chris Gardner, self-made millionaire and author of The Pursuit of
 Happyness; Michael Eric Dyson, author and University of Pennsylvania
 professor; and the GOP and Democratic Party presidential candidates.
     The conference will feature two political-themed plenary sessions,
 including forums of presidential candidates as well as a panel discussion
 assessing whether the black vote will be taken for granted. In addition, a
 town hall addressing "The Black Male Crisis" and a family prayer breakfast
 will be held. The plenary sessions will precede a wide array of workshops
 -- from leadership and career development to understanding financial
 management to health and wellness improvement to wealth accumulation -- to
 help participants improve their bottom line.
     The annual four-day conference will feature a performance by R&B diva
 Erykah Badu at the annual benefit concert, sponsored by The Walt Disney
 Company and others. Tickets will range from $40 to $130 each. In addition,
 gospel and R&B husband wife/duo Chante Moore and Kenny Latimore will
 perform at a free R&B night sponsored by Harrah's Entertainment, Miller
 Brewing Company and WAL-MART. Singer Kelly Price will serve as opening act.
     August A. Bush IV, President and CEO of Anheuser-Busch, Inc., and
 Richard K. Davis, President and CEO of U.S. Bank, will serve as Conference
 Co- Chairpersons. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, under the
 leadership of President and CEO James H. Buford and Chairman of the Board
 Robert E. Wallace, will serve as the host affiliate. Premium conference
 sponsors will be Centene Corporation, Dell, Emerson, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
 and Sprint.
     Highlights also include: a career fair with over 100 Fortune 500
 Companies and recruiters; an exciting, interactive exhibit hall with five
 specialty zones; the "Young Professionals Summit" targeted at 21-44 year
 olds; franchise and business development opportunities; career coaching;
 and interactive sessions on building wealth, entrepreneurship, health,
 education and entertainment.
     Empowerment Exhibits Zones, which are free to the general public,
 feature informative sessions on employment, health, technology and
 homeownership. In 2006, conference attendees had the opportunity to conduct
 face-to-face discussions and interviews with recruiters from more than 100
 Fortune 500 and high-tech companies, as well as non-profit and government
     The conference will also include several awards galas and luncheons
 bestowing the following honors: the Business Pioneer, McGannon, Women of
 Power, Legend, and Collins awards as well as the Whitney M. Young Jr.
 Leadership Award in Race Relations as well as the Mollie Moon Volunteer
 Service Award. This year, there will be an after-party for the conference-
 ending Whitney M. Young Awards Gala.
     Healthy Start Fitness Workout will give hundreds of attendees the
 opportunity to start their day on the right foot with a fitness trainer,
 who will lead them in a vigorous workout each day of the conference.
     More information about the National Urban League's 2007 Annual
 Conference registration, exhibitor or sponsorship opportunities is
 available on the League's website at or by calling
     National Urban League ( Established in 1910, The
 Urban League is the nation's oldest and largest community-based movement
 devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social
 mainstream. Today, the National Urban League (,
 headquartered in New York City, spearheads the non-partisan efforts of its
 local affiliates. There are over 100 local affiliates of the National Urban
 League located in 36 states and the District of Columbia providing direct
 services like job training, home ownership and educational assistance to
 millions of people nationwide along with extensive advocacy and research.

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