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President Obama To Speak At UL Confab

  • Written by The Atlanta Daily World
  • Published in Atlanta
     WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama will address the National Urban League Conference on July 25 in New Orleans.     The conference by one of the nation's oldest civil rights organizations is focused on increasing employment for African-Americans, who now face a jobless rate of 13.6 percent, nearly 5 percentage points higher than the national average.     Obama has widespread support among Black voters. But the high unemployment has prompted African-American leaders in the past to appeal to Obama to resist making deep cuts to programs that benefit urban communities.     The Urban League also had extended a speaking invitation to Obama's presidential rival, Mitt Romney. But Romney's campaign said he had scheduling conflicts; instead he addressed the NAACP convention July 11 in Houston.     Romney spoke on creating jobs and was well-received by some members of the NAACP.  However, he was booed by some members when he talked about repealing Obamacare.  President Obama was also invited to the NAACP conference but he declined.    Benjamin Todd Jealous, the CEO and president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), said he challenged those attending the NAACP's annual convention to redouble their efforts to get out the vote in November.    The power to vote was a key theme of the weeklong 103rd convention, which was hosted about 8,000 attendees. An appearance by Attorney General Eric Holder was postponed from Monday until Tuesday, and also Vice President Joe Biden spoke. 

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