Conservative Black Leaders Gather in Baton Rouge for National Conference

Conservative Black Leaders Gather in Baton Rouge for National Conference

‘At Large Conference’ Tonight, Friday
At Crowne Plaza Will Highlight Blacks’
Efforts to Escape the New Plantation

BATON ROUGE — Conservative black leaders from across the United States will gather in Baton Rouge tonight and Friday for the At Large Conference, which will celebrate the determination by black conservatives to lead Americans away from dependency on the government.
Former East Baton Rouge Republican chairman Harold Williams, a black businessman, said the conference could be a turning point that helps carry Louisiana in a new direction.
Williams is just one of a number of black leaders from the Baton Rouge area who are participating in the conference.
Williams and Dr. Charles “Trey” Thomas, a former LSU football player, will be among the speakers.
The event will be held beginning at 4:30 p.m. today at the Crowne Plaza hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave. in Baton Rouge.  The registration fee for the conference is $79.  It is open to everyone.
At the dinner tonight, filmmaker Rev. C. L. Bryant will provide a private showing of his movie, Runaway Slave.  The movie stars Herman Cain, 2012 Republican presidential candidate.  Cain will be in the movie but will not be attending the conference.
The luncheon at 12 noon on Friday will include the presentation of the Frederick Douglass Award to Louisiana State Sen. Elbert Guillory (D-Opelousas), a conservative leader in the legislature.
The two-day event offers a star-studded array of black conservative leaders, including the following:
•    Rev. C.L. Bryant – Keynote Speaker.  Rev. C.L. Bryant is a native of Shreveport. This former president of the NAACP’s Garland, Texas Chapter, self-professed “Democratic Radical” and former host of television’s Focus on Reality and numerous radio shows since 1980, now believes the values that he once vehemently upheld have led the black community into a state of bondage to the US government.  He is not only a Tea Party Patriot and Fellow with FreedomWorks in Washington, D.C., he is the maker of the documentary “Runaway Slave.” Runaway Slave is a movie about the race to free the black community from the slavery of tyranny and progressive policies.
•    Star Parker – Prayer Breakfast – Founder, CURE.  Parker is a nationally-known conservative politician, activist, and columnist. She founded the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE), a non-profit think tank that provides public policy solutions for fighting poverty. Parker, once dependent on welfare, now seeks methods of transitioning African Americans out of government dependency and shares her ideas across the country.
•    K. Carl Smith – Luncheon Speaker – Founder, Frederick Douglass Republicans.  Smith is a rising star within the conservative movement.  He is rapidly becoming the most requested speaker for Tea Party events, GOP activities, conservative conferences, collegiate gatherings and faith-based functions across the country.
•    Deneen Borelli – Closing Session – Contributor for Fox News and author of “Blacklash: “How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation.”
In 2012, Deneen was selected to serve as the minority outreach director for FreedomWorks, a conservative non-profit that advocates for less government and more freedom.
•    Adam Brandon – Introductory Session – Executive Vice President, FreedomWorks, a non-profit organization headquartered in Washington that mobilizes grassroots activists nationwide to fight for less government, lower taxes, and more freedom. He has represented FreedomWorks on a national level through media outlets such as the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, and CNN.
•    Wayne Dupree – Runaway Slave Panelist – CEO, Founder of  Dupree has been committed to exposing the Democrats since early 2008 during the presidential election primaries. “I feel it’s our responsibility as conservatives to fight back against the Democratic Party hate machine which includes the media. He said, “We need to meet them head on with like-minded strength and dedication.”
•    Harold Williams – Runaway Slave Panelist – Owner, 1st Team Insurance Agency.  Williams is a former Baton Rouge police officer and former Chairman of the Republican Party of East Baton Rouge Parish, the first African American since Reconstruction to serve in this position. He owns insurance and real estate companies in Baton Rouge
•    Dr. Charles Thomas III, Ed.D. – Runaway Slave Panelist – Executive Director, Family Values Resource Institute.  Founded over 20 years ago by his parents, FVRI provides four programs to empower the family as the critical building block of a democratic society including a crisis pregnancy center for women, marriage and family counseling programs, an adult learning and career development center, and as early-childhood learning center.
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At Large Conference

Crowne Plaza Hotel
4728 Constitution Ave.
Baton Rouge
May 30-31, 2013
Registration $79
Open to All

Thursday, May 30

12 noon-4 – Registration

4:30-5:30 pm – Reception

5:30-6:30 pm – Introductory Session with Keynote Speaker

6:30-9:30 pm – “Dinner
and a Movie;” showing of
Runaway Slave followed
by panel discussion

Friday, May 31, 2013

8-8:50 am – Prayer Breakfast & Opening Session

8:50-10:10 am – Workshop on Campaign Fundraising & Organization


10:40-12 noon – Workshop on Messaging (2nd Amendment and School Choice)

12 noon-1 – Lunch speaker; Frederick Douglass award presentation

1:10-2:30 – Workshop on Get-Out-The-Vote and
The Permanent Campaign


3-4:20 – Workshop on
Messaging (Economics
and Abortion)


5-6 – Closing Session

6-7 – Closing Reception with entertainment

For information, go to

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