Rev. Jesse Jackson Announces 2005 Wall Street Project Conference

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Â?Beyond Diversity, Equity and Parity: A New CovenantÂ? Theme for Eighth Annual Rainbow/PUSH Event, January 11-13 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

The Reverend Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. announced that the Eighth Annual Wall Street Project Conference will take place January 11-13 at the Hilton New York Hotel, 1335 Avenue of the Americas. The theme of the conference is ““Beyond Diversity, Equity and Parity: A New Covenant.”

“As we come together this year, seeking participation in America’s economic engine, we must be ever more vigilant in protecting the rights we have gained, even the right to vote,” said Rev. Jackson. “At the same time, we must extend the gains we have made to include economic parity and equity in the boardroom, in the managers’ offices and in the owners’ boxes,” said Rev. Jackson.

The 2005 conference will be co-chaired by Charles Schumer, the United States Senator from New York, and Bruce Gordon, former president of the Verizon Foundation. The conference will feature top business and political leaders covering a wide range of topics via conference sessions, showcases, awards luncheons and special breakfast meetings, including Women in Corporate America, Elected Officials Roundtable, Career Opportunity Expo and Race, Culture and Violence in Sports.

Highlights of the Eighth Annual Wall Street Project Conference include:

•    Attorney General Eliot Spitzer to give keynote address at Economic Summit Breakfast on Tuesday, January 11th kicking off the Wall Street Project conference.

•    An Awards Luncheon – New York Life unveils the PBS documentary “Slavery and the Making of America.”

•    Predatory Lending: its Adverse Impact on the American Family. One Thousand Churches Connected – Power in Unity Breakfast. Speakers include Rev. Dr. Clyde Anderson, CEO, The United Methodist City Society and Martin Eakes, CEO, Center for Responsible Lending.

•    Congressman Charles Rangel and Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields lead discussion on “The New Business Case in Sports: Minority Elected Officials and Their Impact on Local Communities”

•    Russell Simmons, CEO of Rush Communications and Phat Farm and Kenard Gibbs, President of Vibe Magazine, honored at special award presentation.

•    R&B/Hip Hop Entertainment Showcase featuring performances by artists including: J-Harris, Boys Choir of Harlem, Doug E. Fresh & Slick Rick, Black Ice, and Ricky Watters.

•    Career Opportunity and Development Expo featuring Fortune 500 companies.

•    Bull & Bear Investment Camp – All day panel will focus on training high school students only on investment and management. Instructor: Douglas W. Coe, President, Moody Reid.

•    8th Annual Gala Reception sponsored by Time Warner at the new Time Warner Center, Park Café.

•    Public and Corporate Pension Funds: Increasing Participation.

•    The Business of Hip Hop, R&B and Urban Music.

•    Procurement sessions for some of Americas top companies including General Motors, Microsoft, Citigroup, Time Warner, Starbucks, Raytheon, and Hilton Hotels

For full updated schedule:

For advance accreditation, full conference schedule or press materials, interviews or photo ops with Rev. Jackson or any conference participants, contact: Lonnie Soury, Soury Communications at (212) 414-5857 or

For more information contact: Stephanie Bostic, Charly Productions, at (212) 425-7874 Ext. 114 or Andrew Carr, Rainbow/Push Wall Street Project, at (212) 425-7874.

The Wall Street Project is the outgrowth of Rev. Jackson’s nearly 40 years of work in increasing economic opportunities for minorities. Rev. Jackson has long maintained that access to capital is the fourth stage of the civil rights movement, after the abolition of slavery, the end of legal segregation and the right to vote.

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