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Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt to Lead Panel on Action Steps in “Forum on the Future of the African-American Community”

PRESS RELEASE                                                                            Friday, March 20, 2015

Contact: Chiara Morrow

Phone: 205-908-7392

chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL- Birmingham City Councilor Steven Hoyt is a devout advocate for building communities and pushing the torch of change. On Saturday March 21, 2015 at 10 a.m. on the campus of Miles College, he will have the opportunity to share his thoughts for empowering local communities by serving as a panelist on the “Forum on the Future of the African-American Community.” Topics for the forum will include, strategies and solutions for economics, politics and the law as they relate to long-simmering issues and emerging trends are just some of the many topics that will be dissected and formed into consistent action-based solutions. Councilor Hoyt is excited about speaking on what some might label as ‘difficult conversations.’

“We as leaders have a responsibility to keep action ongoing when issues, especially those of civil rights and socio-economic related matters affect our communities,” Councilor Hoyt said. “There is a dire need to have a plan of ongoing accountability and strategic approaches in place for amicable resolve to these issues. We are long overdue for that.”

Reverend Anderson Graves, Director of Rural Leadership Development Institute, who will serve as the host facilitator of the forum said he looks forward to the discussions that will ultimately change the lives of many people by accelerating the cause of justice and empowerment and eliminate the undirected angst and confusion in the African-American community.

“This event is about empowering the community to go beyond protest into action and success,” Graves said. “It is about mobilizing those parts of the community that have been spinning their wheels and are unable to get traction. In this forum we will actually deal with the issues that are locally affecting change.”

For more information please contact the Office of Councilor Steven Hoyt at 205.254.2304. For media inquiries please contact the Birmingham City Council Public Information Officer Chiara Morrow at 205.254.2055 or chiara.morrow@birminghamal.gov.