African American Congressional Leader James Clyburn to Speak in East Bay

Rep. James Clyburn, D-SC, speaks during the final day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia , Thursday, July 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The highest ranking African American Member of Congress, South Carolina Representative James Clyburn, is coming to the East Bay Thursday, Feb. 1 for a public lecture, hosted by the Barbara Lee & Elihu Harris Lecture Series and co-sponsored by the Martin Luther King Freedom Center and the Peralta Community College.

The event,  “Chaos or Community: Where Do We Go from Here,” will be held at 7 p.m. at the Merritt College Gymnasium, 12500 Campus Drive in Oakland.  The lecture is free and open to the general public.

Rep. Clyburn, renowned as one of the nation’s highest ranking civil rights leaders, will offer insights on issues facing the country.

Rep. Clyburn will address the current administration’s new tax bill, its impact on racial relations and anti-poverty programs, and a recent Congressional Black Caucus move for censorship of vitriolic presidential discourse on immigration and international relations.

The evening will be moderated by Dave Clark of KTVU-TV.  The congressman will be joined on the program by Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and the Honorable Elihu Harris.

Rep. Clyburn began his professional career as a public school teacher in Charleston, South Carolina.  Before being elected to Congress, he directed two community development programs and ran a state agency. In Congress, he has chaired the Congressional Black Caucus and the House Democratic Caucus. Rep. Clyburn is the highest ranking African American member of Congress.

“Our East Bay community has already seen the impacts of the Trump Administration’s heartless policies, and we can benefit greatly from Rep. Clyburn’s experience and perspective,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.

RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP, call the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center at 510.434.3988.


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