Summit in Columbia on black leadership


Organizers of an NAACP leadership summit Friday and Saturday in Columbia said they have assembled a prestigious group of Marylanders to discuss crime, health care, family stability and other issues affecting the black community.

The summit panels' recommendations will be forwarded to community groups, state legislators and Maryland congressional members, said Hanley Norment, vice president of the Maryland State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

"This is not meant to be a conference to discuss what the problems are," Mr. Norment said. "We know exactly what the problems are. Our intent is to set some clear goals for addressing these problems and time frames for possibly achieving them."

Mr. Norment said about 300 are expected to attend the African-American Leadership ACTION Summit at the Columbia Inn.

Among those expected to take part in six workshops are Baltimore State's Attorney Stuart O. Simms and Bea Gaddy, the Baltimore advocate for the homeless. They will take part in a workshop on family stability and youth.

Presidents of three of Maryland's predominantly black colleges and universities will participate in a workshop on higher education: Nathaneal Pollard Jr. of Bowie State University, Calvin W. Burnett of Coppin State College and William P. Hytche of the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Other workshops will be on: violence and crime, led by Devon Brown, director of the Montgomery County Department of Corrections; economic empowerment, led by Anthony Fugett, who operates the Baltimore-based business ASF Systems; employment discrimination, led by Avis Sanders, director of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law; and on health care reform chaired by Dr. Lenox S. Dingle Jr. of the Maryland Health Resource Coalition, a Baltimore-based nonprofit group.

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