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NBC-LEO Board, moving forward, paused to remember civil rights struggles.

The Board of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, in a unanimous resolution, supported President Clinton's newly passed economic plan, noting their interest and concern with the critical issues facing the nation. They were meeting as the budget negotiations in Washington were coming down to the wire.

"African Americans are not myopic in their thinking or perspectives," the statement said. "Historically, the public policy advocacy of African Americans has always transcended our individual interests. The time for posturing and partisanship is over. People in our nation's cities continue to suffer. Affordable housing, decent jobs, basic health care, quality education and insuring the future of our nation's youth have been neglected far too long and need our immediate attention. We believe the President's plan has the support of the American people and as elected representatives of citizens across this country, it is our responsibility to step forward and lend our support to this initiative."

Keeping with the call to move forward, NBC-LEO also strongly encouraged Congress to confirm United States Surgeon General nominee, Dr. Jocelyn Elders.

The Board took this action as its summer meeting in Memphis, August C-8. NBC-LEO President Will Minter, vice mayor of Oak Ridge, Tenn. described the meeting as one of the most important the organization has held in the past several years.

Minter became NBC-LEO President in June, after Carl Nixon, and then Bill Stallworth lost their local elections. Nixon of Deerfield, Fla. lost his re-election bid and therefore had to resign his seat as President of NBC-LEO. The organization's line of succession elevated president-elect Stallworth of Biloxi, Miss. to fill the vacancy created by Nixon's defeat. However, in June, Stallworth lost his bid to be mayor of Biloxi, causing NBC-LEO first vice president Will Minter to move up to the position of NBC-LEO President.

Minter used the NBC-LEO Board meeting to remember the 30th Anniversary of the March on Washington. "As we approach the 30th anniversary of the March on Washington," he said, "and the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, the Board thought it only fitting to visit the site of Dr. King's slaying, now the home of the National Civil Rights Museum. In addition, NBC-LEO will be participating in the commemorative March on Washington August 28 sponsored by the NAACP.

The Board strongly encourages members to support this effort. For more information on the March, contact the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People national headquarters in Baltimore, Md., (410) 354-8900.


Task Forces

The NBC-LEO Board established of two college scholarships to be awarded to African Americans attending Historically Black Universities and Colleges and appointed a committee to develop selection criteria.

Houston councilmember Shiela Jackson Lee, NBC-LEO first vice president and chair of the Police Misconduct Task Force, reported on the progress of the committee at the Memphis Board meeting.

Lee, vice chair of NLCs' Poverty Task Force, presented that unit's report to the NBC-LEO Board, which then commended NLC president Donald Fraser, Mayor of Minneapolis, for his insight in forming the task force.

Other Business

A number of other leadership offices left vacant due to loss of election or decisions not to run were fired by a vote of the Board of Directors.

Effective August 7, 1993, these persons win occupy the following offices pending regular elections at the Congress of Cities in December: president elect and councilmember from Beaumont, Tex., David Moore; first vice president and councilmember from Houston, Tex., Sheila Jackson Lee; second vice president and councilmember from Memphis, Tenn., Shep Wilbun; secretary/historian and councilmember from Kansas City, Mo., Carol Coe; assistant secretary and councilmember from Aiken, S.C., Beverly Clyburn; and chaplain and councilmember from Winston-Salem, N.C., Larry Womble.
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Title Annotation:National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Author:Cole, Kimberly
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Aug 23, 1993
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