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51sNt ational Convention Cov era g e “Advocacy in Action” National Social Action Luncheon JOURNAL Spring 2014 s45 The 51st National Convention So-cial Action Luncheon convened on July 15 in the Walter E. Wash-ington Convention Center with more than 14,000 attendees ready to hear a call to action by a powerful lineup of presenters, speakers and award recipients. U.S. Attorney General Eric Hold-er was among those speakers and set the tone early with his advocacy message. Holder congratulated the Sorority on over 100 years of com-mitment to social action from the Women’s Suffrage March of 1913 to the present. With the luncheon held a little less than 48 hours after the “not guilty” verdict of the George Zimmerman trial, Holder responded to the pressing issue of the day by describing the death of Trayvon Mar-tin as “unnecessary.” He shared that both he and the Justice Department have a concern for the outcome of the case and added that the nation should not let the opportunity pass to speak honestly about the issues that were raised by this case. Other highlights from the lun-cheon included video greetings from President William Clinton, Democrat-ic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and the event corporate sponsor, Bank of America. “Today is a defining moment in the state of my father’s dream,” said by Kimberly Oford U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder addresses the membership during the Social Action Luncheon. PHOTO BY SHARON FARMER


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