Tribute to Congressman James Clyburn

Opening the Vaults of Opportunity

Join us in honoring Congressman James Clyburn and Powerful Women in Civil Rights

Summit for Civil Rights Welcome Reception • Thursday, May 2, 6:00 PM • Rutgers University Labor Education Center50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ. Register Here for the Reception and the May 2-3 Summit.

Dr. Martin Luther King, in his historic speech at the March on Washington in 1963, spoke of "the bank of justice" and "the great vaults of opportunity of this nation" declaring "We have come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and security of justice".  

Congressman James E. Clyburn has spent his life helping America make good on this promissory note. As a leader in the United States House of Representatives he has worked to expand opportunity and power for disenfranchised and underrepresented populations in his district in South Carolina and communities all over America. As a legislative leader he has often been the pivotal organizer shepherding critical legislation to provide affordable health care, jobs and housing. 

From his humble beginnings as the son of a Pentecostal preacher, a carpenter, a public school teacher and a civil rights organizer, Jim Clyburn has stood at the crossroads of civil rights, racial justice and economic opportunity for all Americans. 

As Majority Whip, the third-ranking leader in the House of Representatives, no one is better prepared and positioned to lead our nation during these trying times when Congress must assume greater responsibility and assert its constitutional authority, and as presidential hopefuls maneuver to better understand and connect with the pain and aspirations of the American people. Congressman Clyburn is one of handful of great civil rights leaders living and leading today. We salute him recognizing his outsized role in changing the face of Congress in the most recent election. 

Civil Rights Women of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow​ 

With special guest speaker, award-wining Ella Baker Biographer, Barbara Ransby, along with U. S. Congresswomen Sheila Jackson Lee and Bonnie Watson Coleman, we will pay tribute to and recognize the power of civil rights women of yesterday, today and tomorrow. 

We will recognize and honor the accomplishments, victories and struggles of three outstanding women leaders who have overcome opposition and pessimism to go on to achieve breakthrough victories leading powerful multi-racial constituencies.

Pierrette “Petee” Talley, immediate past Secretary-Treasurer, Ohio State AFL-CIO • Stephanie Lawson-Muhammad, South Orange-Maplewood School District • Ashley Bennett, Atlantic County Freeholder.

We will honor these powerful leaders as our allies who will continue to pry open the American vaults  of opportunity until we have made real, as Dr. King said, "the promise of democracy" and "to rise from the dark and desolate valley of segregation to the sunlit path of racial justice".

Please help us pay tribute these great Americans by becoming a sponsor or making a tax-deductible contribution to the Summit for Civil Rights - Click here for sponsorship options - 

and by attending the Summit for Civil rights on May 2 and 3. Click here to register on line for the Summit and the reception. 

The Summit and Reception will be held at the Rutgers University Labor Education Center50 Labor Center Way, New Brunswick, NJ.

The reception with Congressman Jim Clyburn will be held Thursday evening, May 2 at 6 PM.

The cost for the Summit is $125.00 (includes reception).

The cost for the reception only is $100.00.



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