The Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network began its annual convention on Wednesday. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most of this year’s convention is being held virtually.
President Joe Biden kicked off the convention on Wednesday delivering opening remarks.
Going through Saturday, the convention features civil rights leaders, elected officials, clergy, grassroots organizers and social justice activists. While the majority of the convention will be virtual, targeted events are taking place on site with strict COVID-19 procedures.
This year’s convention participants will address urgent issues, including the pandemic’s effect in communities of color, the rise of domestic terrorism across the nation, income inequality, voting rights, criminal justice reform, the education achievement gap and the impacts of climate change.
Speakers this year include Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, U.S. Sen. Cory Booker, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, Department of
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
As in previous years, the convention will feature NAN’s Keepers of the Dream Awards, honoring those who have shown their commitment to upholding Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and vision. Honorees will be announced in the coming weeks.