On Wednesday, April 9, the Rev. Al Sharpton kicked off his National Action Network’s (NAN) 16th annual national convention at the Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel in Manhattan. He assured that it was destined to be the largest four-day civil rights gathering of the year.

This week, NAN will convene top civil rights leaders, elected officials, academicians, clergy and more to create an action plan for a civil rights agenda. The convention will feature a special address from President Barack Obama.

After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, where New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made remarks, NAN hosted a special plenary session with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.