The Rev Al Sharpton is marking the 20th anniversary of his Harlem based organization by teaming up with President Barack Obama and his top officials to grapple with issues affecting black Americans.
The president is scheduled to appear Wednesday evening at the annual conference of Sharpton’s National Action Network. Cabinet members spoke earlier at the Manhattan event.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said he’ll work with Sharpton’s grass-roots groups to alleviate teen violence in black neighborhoods, especially violence involving guns.
Shaun Donovan, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said he’s teaming up with Sharpton to help black homeowners facing foreclosure.
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he’s been traveling with Sharpton around the country to black neighborhoods with the highest school dropout rates.