African-American officials focus on disaster recovery in conference
The Washington-based National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials’ (NBC-LEO) Annual Summer Conference, which was held from Aug. 1 to 4 in Biloxi, Miss., focused on disaster preparedness and raising money to assist the Gulf Coast’s recovery from 2005’s hurricanes. Participants at the conference got a first-hand look at the recovery effort.
NBC-LEO President and Kansas City, Mo., Council Member Terry Riley led tours and workshops to assess the rebuilding efforts, and NBC-LEO hosted a golf tournament to benefit the recovery. Speakers at the conference included Constance Slaughter Harvey, the first African-American woman to receive a law degree from the University of Mississippi, and Georgia Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal for Hurricane Katrina member Felicia Dunn Brooks.