WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Detroit Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick has been tapped by U.S. Senators Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) and Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) to be the keynote speaker at a national civil rights forum in the nation's capital Friday. The forum, entitled "Civil Rights in the 21st Century America," is being hosted by the U.S. Senate leadership and will take place in Room 902 of the Hart Senate Office Building on the eve of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The forum will include experts in the fields of education, law, civil rights, and business, as well as leaders in the disabled and religious communities. Sessions for the forum include: "The Role of Education in Promoting Opportunity and Equality," "Lessons Learned: Developing a Civil Rights Agenda for a 21st Century America," and "The Role of Federal Courts in Protecting Civil Rights." Mayor Kilpatrick will wrap up the forum with the keynote address at 1:30 p.m. "We have come a long way in the area of civil rights in America; however, we still have yet a long way to go in terms of protecting past gains while advancing equality and opportunities for all races," Mayor Kilpatrick said. "It is an honor for me and for the City of Detroit to be at the table in the heart of power in this country to have a real dialogue on an issue as important as civil rights in America."
SOURCE City of Detroit