Baraka speaks at Al Sharpton organization's convention

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for
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on April 08, 2015

Newark mayor Ras Baraka was a featured panelist at the National Action Network 2015 convention


NEWARK — Newark Mayor Ras Baraka spoke on Wednesday at a convention hosted by Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network.

The mayor was a panelist during a session entitled "America's Choice: 2016, Framing the Debate on the Presidential Election," which occurred this morning, the city confirmed.

In addition to Baraka, other mayors scheduled to participate included Philadelphia mayor Michael Nutter and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

City officials tweeted and posted a photo on Facebook of the mayor sitting along side New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The mayor spoke about the importance of voting and community organizing in the political context of 2016, according to the city.

The convention is not the only connection between Sharpton and the mayor.

The civil rights leader told Diverse Issues in Higher Education that he has know Baraka's father, the late poet Amiri Baraka Jr. since the 1970s; The two attended the National Black Political Convention in Gary, Ind in 1972, the report said.

"He was an absolute literary giant; a genius as a poet and prose man," Sharpton told the magazine.

Additionally, Baraka's new press secretary, Marjorie Harris, served as the Executive Director of the National Action Network between September 1999 and September 2006, according her LinkedIn profile.

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