Dear Friends in the Movement,

It is our sincere honor and pleasure to welcome you to the State of Black America Summit featuring the 14th Annual National Urban League Legislative Policy Conference (LPC).  Our Legislative Policy Conference is usually a time where our affiliate presidents, young professionals and Guild members receive congressional and Administration updates, and meet with their federal elected officials.  However, this year will be a little different.

As you know, there is a certain level of political uncertainty emanating from our nation's capital.  This unknowing necessitates that this year's LPC be unlike any other.  LPC 2017 will be a highly charged event focused on congressional advocacy and strategy, as times like these demand strategic planning, impactful action and collaborating with leaders on the principled issues that we support.

Some of our efforts will center on developing and advocating for the Main Street Marshall Plan, which is a modern day version of Whitney M. Young's call for a "Domestic Marshall Plan" in 1963,. The Plan proposes sweeping and decisive solutions to the nation's persistent social and economic disparities in areas of: education, jobs, workforce and infrastructure, housing, small business and asset building, health, and justice.

LPC 2017 will also feature a new schedule and have separate tracks for Urban League CEO's and volunteers.  And, it will undoubtedly offer new forms of engagement and spark new excitement for the important work that we are all committed to.

Please review just some of the changes below.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
LPC kicks off on the afternoon of May 2, with the release of the State of Black America (SOBA).  This year marks the 41st Anniversary of SOBA.  It will feature the National Equality Index, the Equality Index Rankings, as well as articles and essays from a wide range of prominent authors and contributors.  After the release, there will be a Saluting the Black Caucus Reception where we will recognize and lift up the Congressional Black Caucus better known as "the Conscience of the Congress".  We are excited to be hosting this event at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
On Wednesday, May 3, the day will begin with sessions designed to strengthen advocacy and communication skills.  Thereafter, the Empowerment Luncheon will feature a special, dynamic national speaker.  Following lunch, we will hold engaging panel discussions, trainings and task force meetings.  Our evening will end with our Urban League Movement Champion Awards Reception, where we will honor leaders within the Urban League Movement.

Thursday, May 4, 2017
Our final day will start with our Congressional Leadership Breakfast.  The breakfast will be held on Capitol Hill and feature Congressional leaders from both chambers and both political parties.  After breakfast, participants will attend meetings with their Senators and Representatives.  Since this is a new Congress, these meetings serve as a unique opportunity to directly share both the Urban League's national and local legislative priorities with federal lawmakers.

In the coming weeks we will provide additional information on LPC 2017.  We urge you to secure your travel and hotel arrangements right away and we look forward to greeting you in Washington, D.C.!


Don Cravins and the Washington Bureau Team