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NBC-LEO events, achievements provide conference high points.

Atlanta, Ga. councilmember Carolyn Long Banks, president of the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO), convened the NBC-LEO Board of Directors in New Orleans on Friday, November 27th.

The 69th Annual Congress of Cities was full of high-points for the members and officials of NBC-LEO, including election of Long Banks to the post of NLC Second Vice President and Newark Mayor Sharpe James stepping up to become First Vice President of NLC, the bestowal of the important NBC-LEO Liberty Award upon Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley who is retiring from his role as mayor, and an evening of entertainment by an acclaimed dance troupe.

The first item on the Board's agenda was to receive reports from the organization's various committees which detailed their activities during the year. Following the reports, the Board finalized plans for this year's Congress of Cities activities.

On Saturday, NBC-LEO conducted an orientation session for a room full of new NBC-LEO members and African American delegates attending the COC for the first time. The orientation was facilitated by Danny Tabor, councilmember, Inglewood, Calif. and included presentations by several NBC-LEO Board members and past presidents.

During the orientation, speakers encouraged delegated to become actively involved in the processes and activities of NLC as well as NBC-LEO during the conference and throughout the year. An explanation of NLC's policy development and committee appointment processes was also provided and attendees were encouraged to be active in their state leagues.

Election of new officers and members of the NBC-LEO Board of Directors were held during the general membership meeting also held on Saturday. The new officers and board for 1993 are: President Carl Nixon, councilmember, Deerfield Beach, Fla.; President-Elect William Stallworth, councilmember, Biloxi, Miss.; David Moore, councilmember, Beaumont, Tex.; Richard Patterson, councilmember, Modesto, Calif., Treasurer; Frances Huntley-Cooper, mayor, Fitchburg, Wisc.; Audwin Samuels, councilmember, Beaumont, Tex., Assistant Secretary.

Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley received NBC-LEO's "Liberty Award" in recognition of his years of public service and support of NBC-LEO.

One of the major NBC-LEO events during the conference was a performance by the "Soweto Street Beat Dancers," an energetic young dance troupe from South Africa. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience stood and offered thunderous applause to show their appreciation for the experience.

Another conference highlight was the filled to capacity NBC-LEO luncheon on Monday where delegates listened to the life experiences of MacNeil/Lehrer journalist Charlyane Hunter-Gault as documented in her recently written boo," In My Place." Topping off Hunter-Gault's speech was a book signing following the luncheon. City Director, Lottie Shackleford also spoke during the luncheon and provided delegates with information and insights on the Clinton transition and what they might expect to see in a Clinton presidency. Both Hunter-Gault and Shackleford received awards from NBC-LEO for their longstanding commitment to and support of the African American community.

NBC-LEO's three workshops, on diversity, crime and gangs and health care were attended by a cross section of delegates to the Congress of Cities.

Several NBC-LEO members were elected to leadership positions within the NLC. They are: Sharpe James, Mayor, Newark, N.J., first vice president, Carolyn Long Banks, Councilmember, Atlanta, Ga., second vice president; Board of Directors: Frances Huntley-Cooper, Mayor, Fitchburg, Wisc., E.W. Cromartie, Councilman, Columbia, S.C., Robert Jefferson, Councilmember, Lexington-Fayette, Ky., Mary Pinkett, Councilmember, New York, N.Y. and Woodrow Stanley, Mayor, Flint Mich.
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Title Annotation:National League of Cities; National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials
Author:McCloud, Thom
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Date:Dec 7, 1992
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