Photo: Pres Obama to Speak at NCLR Conference
The White House has confirmed that President Barack Obama will speak at the 2011 NCLR (National Council of La Raza) Annual Conference, NCLR President and CEO Janet Murguía announced today. The NCLR Annual Conference and National Latino Family Expo, the single largest national Latino event of the year, will be held in Washington, D.C., July 23–26, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. More than 25,000 participants are expected to attend the four-day event.
Also confirmed as Conference speakers are Democratic Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, II of Missouri, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus; author, columnist, and president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group Arianna Huffington; renowned actress and NCLR ALMA Awards® host and executive producer Eva Longoria; and Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis. Republican presidential candidates also have been invited to speak. Times and dates for all speakers, including President Obama, will be released in the coming weeks.
“We are very proud to have the President of the United States join us at this important event,” Murguía said. “Our attendees are eager to hear from President Obama on the key issues faced by the country and the Latino community, including the accomplishments and other unfinished business of his administration.”
“Our lineup of acclaimed speakers has always been one of the highlights of the Conference, and this year is no exception,” continued Murguía. “It is the largest gathering of and serves as the meeting ground for more than 25,000 community leaders, activists, and volunteers; elected and appointed officials; members of the corporate, philanthropic, and academic communities; senior citizens; college students; and youth.” Murguía added, “It also provides a forum for corporate representatives and government officials to become better acquainted with ongoing and emerging issues in the Latino community.”